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New Year's Day Swim

Wednesday, 22 December 2021

The January Daily Dip will kick off with a swim at Gaddings Dam (Britain's Highest Beach) - a specially designated swimming reservoir on the moors above Todmorden, and raise money to help end homelessness

On January 1st 2022, more than 30 brave swimmers will be taking the plunge into freezing cold water - as they commit to swim outdoors every single day of the month.

Members of the Calderdale part of the team will take to the water at 11am come rain or shine! Come along and see the extraordinary lengths they'll go to in order to help end homelessness.

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The January Daily Dip 2022 will start with a swim at Yorkshire's Highest Beach on New Year's Day. And there won't be a wetsuit in sight. Instead – expect a sea of red swimming cossies, bobble hats and huge smiles!

The January Daily Dip is part of Crisis UK's Icebreaker Challenge. Every penny raised will go to support the vital work of the UK's leading organisation fighting the growing problem of homelessness. T

he team comes from all over the UK but most of them will be swimming in the stunning lakes, millponds, rivers and waterfalls of Yorkshire and the Lake District.

This is the fifth year of the January Daily Dip which, so far, has raised a total of nearly £80,000. This year the team will be trying to break last year's record fundraiser of £47,000.

Last year's Daily Dip saw a record number of ice-swims and some amazing special surprises including an icy opera solo, shape-shifting with a reservoir-sized sheet of ice and a synchronised swimming performance (see below). There are plenty more top-secret exciting highlights planned for this year's fundraiser.

January Daily Dip founder Jamima Latimer said: "lt's very fitting, but also sadly poignant, that we are raising awareness of homelessness in this way. In England alone, more than 200,000 households are facing the worst forms of homelessness. Many of them are living on the streets or in cold and damp temporary or insecure accommodation. We see the January Daily Dip as a daily vigil into the cold - something to remind ourselves, and others, that no-one should be homeless in the UK in 2022."

Jamima added, "So many people are taking up outdoor swimming and we can't believe how many people have joined the challenge. But we know swimming every day in January isn't for everyone. So, we'd like to encourage anyone who wants to support us to stay warm and donate via our Just Giving page!"

on Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis, said, "We're immensely grateful to the Daily Dip team for once again signing up to our Icebreaker challenge and pledging to raise money to help prevent and end homelessness for good. The amount of money they're raised over the years is incredible and their efforts continue to make a huge difference, showing people experiencing homelessness they're not alone."

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