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Watch: Are you brave enough to take New Year's Day dip in freezing Northern Ireland waters?

What's your usual New Year's Day?

Sleeping off the night before, another turkey dinner, a trip to the shops or just spending the day on the sofa with a film on? How about a dip in the freezing water just off Crawfordsburn beach.

That's the challenge laid down by Cancer Focus Northern Ireland for its now annual New Year's Day dip.

Veteran outdoor swimmer, charity worker Rachel Smith is calling on local people to make a fresh start to 2018 by taking an icy dip.

Rachel, a family support coordinator with the charity, first took part in the event in 2015. She says it’s a fantastic opportunity to use her hobby to raise much-needed funds.

“The cash you raise will go towards our Family Support Service, which gives essential help to children when their mum, dad or grandparent has cancer.”

 “Family Support is one of our most used services and we can only provide this vital care thanks to your help, so please do consider joining us on New Year’s Day for a fun-filled dip.”

Jillian Wallace, challenge events officer for Cancer Focus NI, said: “We’re encouraging everyone to do something worthwhile this New Year’s Day, so why not take the plunge and shake off all that Christmas over-indulgence?

“It’ll be freezing but we guarantee you’ll have a great time with all the other people taking part – and, most importantly, you’ll be helping raise money for a fantastic cause.

Everyone taking part will receive a Cancer Focus NI t-shirt when they register and a warm drink will be waiting for you after your swim. There will also be prizes for the best fancy dress outfit.

Chloe Farquhar takes the plunge into Carnlough Harbour on New Years Day.
Photograph By Declan Roughan Press Eye
Chloe Farquhar takes the plunge into Carnlough Harbour on New Years Day. Photograph By Declan Roughan Press Eye
Megan Mc Clements takes the plunge at the annual New Years Day swim at Carnlough Harbour. Photograph By Declan Roughan Press Eye
(L-R) Aine Bishop, Stephen Bishop, Chloe Farquhar, Drew Farquhar and Jodi Farquhar take the plunge together into Carnlough Harbour on New Years Day. Press Eye - Carnlough Swim - 1st January 2017 Photograph By Declan Roughan
Stephen Bishop takes the plunge into Carnlough Harbour on New Years Day. Press Eye - Carnlough Swim - 1st January 2017 Photograph By Declan Roughan
(L-R) Jodi Farquhar, Drew Farquhar, Aine Bishop, Chloe Farquhar and Stephen Bishop after their swim on New Years Day in Carnlough Harbour Press Eye - Carnlough Swim - 1st January 2017 Photograph By Declan Roughan
Aine Bishop takes the plunge into Carnlough Harbour on New Years Day. Press Eye - Carnlough Swim - 1st January 2017 Photograph By Declan Roughan
(L-R) Chloe Farquhar, Jodi Farquhar and Aine Bishop prepare for the plunge at the annual New Years Day swim at Carnlough Harbour. Press Eye - Carnlough Swim - 1st January 2017 Photograph By Declan Roughan
(L-R) Stephen Bishop and Drew Farquhar take the plunge into Carnlough Harbour on New Years Day. Press Eye - Carnlough Swim - 1st January 2017 Photograph By Declan Roughan
Drew Farquhar takee the plunge into Carnlough Harbour on New Years Day. Press Eye - Carnlough Swim - 1st January 2017 Photograph By Declan Roughan
Drew Farquhar takes the plunge into Carnlough Harbour on New Years Day. Press Eye - Carnlough Swim - 1st January 2017 Photograph By Declan Roughan
(L-R) Chloe Farquhar and Aine Bishop take the plunge into Carnlough Harbour on New Years Day. Press Eye - Carnlough Swim - 1st January 2017 Photograph By Declan Roughan
Jodi Farquhar takes the plunge into Carnlough Harbour on New Years Day. Press Eye - Carnlough Swim - 1st January 2017 Photograph By Declan Roughan
(L-R) Angela and Megan Mc Clements take the plunge at the annual New Years Day swim at Carnlough Harbour. Photograph By Declan Roughan Press Eye
Megan Mc Clements takes the plunge at the annual New Years Day swim at Carnlough Harbour. Photograph By Declan Roughan Press Eye
The annual New Years Day swim at Carnlough Harbour gets under way. Photograph By Declan Roughan Press Eye
(L-R) Clare Smart from Belfast and Nancy Brooks from Kells prepare to take the plunge at Carlough on New Years Day Photograph By Declan Roughan Press Eye
(L-R) Chloe Farquhar, Jodi Farquhar and Aine Bishop prepare for the plunge at the annual New Years Day swim at Carnlough Harbour. Photograph By Declan Roughan Press Eye
Angela Mc Clements takes the plunge at the annual New Years Day swim at Carnlough Harbour. Photograph By Declan Roughan Press Eye
The annual New Years Day swim at Carnlough Harbour. (L-R) Ryan McFadden and Stewart Gilmore Photograph By Declan Roughan Press Eye
The annual New Years Day swim at Carnlough Harbour. Photograph By Declan Roughan Press Eye
Mark McConnell prepares to take part in the annual New Years Day swim at Carnlough Harbour. Declan Roughan Press Eye
The annual New Years Day swim at Carnlough Harbour gets under way. Declan Roughan Press Eye
The annual New Years Day swim at Carnlough Harbour gets under way. Photograph By Declan Roughan Press Eye
The annual New Years Day swim at Carnlough Harbour gets under way. Declan Roughan Press Eye
The annual New Years Day swim at Carnlough Harbour gets under way. Declan Roughan Press Eye
(L-R) Nancy Brooks from Kells and Clare Smart from Belfast prepare to take the plunge at Carlough on New Years Day Photograph By Declan Roughan Press Eye
The annual New Years Day swim at Carnlough Harbour gets under way. Photograph By Declan Roughan Press Eye
(L-R) Blaze Lambert from Carnlough, Emma and Ella Conolly from Straid prepare to take the plunge at Carnlough Harbour. Photograph By Declan Roughan Press Eye

The dip begins at 11am and costs £10 to register to take part. The charity is asking everyone to try and raise as much in sponsorship as they can.

Think you're up for the challenge? Email challenge@cancerfocusni.org or call on 028 9068 0788.

You can also sign up online  or if you leave it to the last minute, you can register on the day from 10.30am on Crawfordsburn Beach.

Tracy Ormaher from Newtownards at Crawfordsburn Beach.
Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye
Tracy Ormaher from Newtownards at Crawfordsburn Beach. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye
Shaking off the excess of Christmas and making a fresh start to the New Year by taking a chilly dip at Crawfordsburn Beach. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye
Caroline and Brian McFarland from Greyabbey at Crawfordsburn Beach. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye
Joe Smyth and his dog Archie at Crawfordsburn Beach. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Dana and Mark Neely from Newtownabbey at Crawfordsburn Beach. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye
Joe, Shay and Jim Smyth with Archie. at Crawfordsburn Beach. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye
Grace Murray from Belfast at Crawfordsburn Beach. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye
Heather Brown and Gaye Cochrane from Co Down at Crawfordsburn Beach. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye
Kelly Roulston from Newtownabbey at Crawfordsburn Beach. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye
Tracy and Matt Ormaher from Newtownards at Crawfordsburn Beach. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye
Shaking off the excess of Christmas and making a fresh start to the New Year by taking a chilly dip at Crawfordsburn Beach. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye
Shaking off the excess of Christmas and making a fresh start to the New Year by taking a chilly dip at Crawfordsburn Beach. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye
Shaking off the excess of Christmas and making a fresh start to the New Year by taking a chilly dip at Crawfordsburn Beach. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye
Eric Hanvey and Sinead Lavery from Belfast at Crawfordsburn Beach. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye
John Torrans from Lisburn at Crawfordsburn Beach. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye
Shaking off the excess of Christmas and making a fresh start to the New Year by taking a chilly dip at Crawfordsburn Beach. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye
Shaking off the excess of Christmas and making a fresh start to the New Year by taking a chilly dip at Crawfordsburn Beach. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye
Shaking off the excess of Christmas and making a fresh start to the New Year by taking a chilly dip at Crawfordsburn Beach. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye
Shaking off the excess of Christmas and making a fresh start to the New Year by taking a chilly dip at Crawfordsburn Beach. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye
Shaking off the excess of Christmas and making a fresh start to the New Year by taking a chilly dip at Crawfordsburn Beach. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye

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