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Splash out in the New Year by taking plunge for charity

By Chris Kilpatrick

Belfast Telegraph readers are being urged to take the plunge — albeit a chilly one — to raise vital funds for our Christmas Appeal.

What better way to blow away the New Year’s Day cobwebs than a quick dip in the Atlantic ocean?

We are calling on those willing to brave the elements to sign up for the sponsored festive splash at Portrush’s East Strand.

The New Year’s Day dip is just one example of how you can organise your own event to support the Belfast Telegraph Christmas Appeal.

Working in conjunction with CLIC Sargent — the UK’s leading charity for children and young people with cancer — we aim to raise £50,000 to lay the foundations for two Homes From Home to be built in Northern Ireland.

The buildings will provide sanctuary for the families of children affected by the disease while at the same time easing the stress of the financial burden associated with travelling regularly to avail of vital treatment.

From coffee mornings to dress down days at work, we are calling on you to get creative this Christmas to support children and young people with cancer.

Michelle Carolan, fundraising manager at CLIC Sargent, said: “Each week in Northern Ireland two children or young people are diagnosed with cancer.

“On average a family in Northern Ireland will make a round trip of up to 95 miles, up to five

times a week, so that they can access the cancer treatment that their child needs. That is why we are raising money to build two Homes From Home close to the main Belfast treatment centres.

“Whether you’ll be braving the dip yourself, or coming to support a ‘dipper’, we would love to see you there!”

The dip is supported by Andy Hill, proprietor of Troggs Surf Shop in Portrush.

He said: “After the success of the 2012 dip, we are delighted to support 2013 CLIC Sargent Dip.

“It will be a fun afternoon and we would encourage you to come along and support the Homes From Home Appeal.”

Dippers will take to the ocean at 3pm on January 1 and, like any traditional dip, all participants can warm up with a cup of something special after their dip. Fancy dress is optional.

Participants are asked to pay a registration fee of £10 and should aim to raise as much as they can.

If you want to start your new year with a big splash contact Michelle Carolan on 028 9072 5780 or email for more information or a registration pack.

How to donate

You can make a vital donation by going online to the website , or text CLIC04£ followed by the amount to 70070.

Post cheques can be made payable to CLIC Sargent Belfast Telegraph Christmas Appeal, 3rd Floor, 31 Bruce Street, Belfast, BT2 7JD

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