Swim aims to help people at Christmas

An open-water swim is taking place at Boulmer on Saturday, November 28.
An open-water swim is taking place at Boulmer on Saturday, November 28.

Daring swimmers will brave the cold when they plunge into the North Sea later this month to help vulnerable and lonely people this Christmas.

Jane Hardy, a community sports officer for Active Northumberland, has organised the dip at Boulmer on Saturday, November 28, at 3pm.

The challenge, being done by members of Alnwick Sea Swim, is taking place for the Crisis at Christmas Newcastle event, which will welcome more than 300 guests on Christmas Day and Boxing Day who are homeless, lonely or isolated.

Members of the public are being encouraged to come along on the day of the open-water swim and bring a piece of warm clothing with them, or an item from the Crisis wishlist (see below), to be donated to those at the Crisis at Christmas event.

Jane said: “Hardy members of Alnwick Sea Swim will be plunging into the North Sea and we are asking that folk come along to support us by bringing along any warm clothing or a gift from the Crisis wishlist to donate to homeless people this Christmas. This is a fantastic opportunity to help the less fortunate. Crisis collects the clothing and distributes it to the poorest and most needy this Christmas.

“I recently dropped a load of black sacks full of winter clothing into Crisis and a homeless chap in the foyer said ‘ooh, are these our Christmas presents?’ His face lit up and it was very humbling.”

Boulmer Lifeboat Station will be open, serving soup, hot drinks and cake for £5. Proceeds will go towards the Boulmer Lifeboat crew, which runs purely on donations.

For details, visit the Crisis Winter Coat Amnesty Swim page on Facebook.

Crisis wishlist: Shoes; trainers; new or unused socks; fleeces; jumpers; tracksuit bottoms; trousers; shirts, hats; gloves; scarves; roll-on deodorant; bars of soap; flannels; shower gel and toothpaste. No aerosols or alcohol-based products.