Events Boxing Day Dip 2017

Published on January 8th, 2018 | by West Mersea RNLI

The Mersea Island Boxing Day Dip 2017

Crowds flocked to the Monkey Beach on Mersea Island in the biting cold wind of Boxing Day morning to cheer on 138 hardy souls gathered in swimming attire and fancy dress and braced for a chilly dip in the cold North Sea.

The Mersea Island Boxing Day Dip is celebrating its twelfth year, and has so far raised in excess of £33,000 for the RNLI.

Fancy dress was judged by the RNLI mascot Stormy Stan who arrived in the West Mersea lifeboat, Just George. Three winners were chosen from a medley of outrageous costumes (including a smattering of Santas, a bumblebee and bananaman). The prize for the best man went to Gary Petley for his cheerleader costume, the best lady was Ceri Daniels for her Sammy the Seal outfit and the best child was Jesse Elson for dressing up as Father Christmas.

Thank you to The Victory for providing mulled wine and hot blackcurrant juice to fortify the dippers, to Tesco for donating mince pies, and to marvellous Lynn and Heather from the Poop Deck for sponsoring the tea tent – providing hot refreshments to sustain us all.

Two Atlantic 85 lifeboats were in attendance: our own Just George from West Mersea and our flank station’s boat, David Porter MPS, from Clacton. Stormy Stan entertained the crowds, along with lifeboat helmsman Jason Dale with his cracking commentary.

Monkey Beach on Boxing Day was a sight to behold. Thank you, from all of us at the lifeboat station, for joining us for this very British dose of invigorating madness for a worthy cause.

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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,200 lives.
Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland and registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736)

[Photo by Leafy Dumas: Dippers entering the water, Boxing Day 2017, Mersea Island.]

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