Taking place at Alexandra Dock, Grimsby on 1 December - 31 January 2019
If you have been walking past The Ross Tiger recently, you may have spotted some brave swimmers venturing into the cold waters in Alexandra Dock!
Cleethorpes Tri Club, in conjunction with Grimsby Water Rats are raising money for local charities by committing to do ‘A Dip a Day’ in Grimsby Docks throughout the month of December. Dave Herriott and Steve Cook from Cleethorpes Tri Club didn’t hesitate and jumped at the chance to get involved!
Dave has suffered from kidney problems for a number of years, and with the temperature of the water dropping almost every day, it can be difficult for him with the cold waters causing him pain and discomfort, he is determined to see it through December to support the hospice!
Steve was a keen cyclist with Lindsey Roads until he was involved in an accident, resulting in him losing the use of his legs. He only took to open water swimming very recently and has started going in the water without a wetsuit, especially for the ‘Dip a Day’ challenge! He is an inspiration to everyone in the Tri Club.
Other members of the club will also be supporting them on some of their swims throughout the month, although they will be donning their wetsuits to brace the icy cold waters! They are hoping to get more and more people involved and are looking to make it a great event next year in 2019! If you'd like to get involved, keep an eye on their posts throughout December and you may want to give it a go next year!
Dave and Steve have chosen St Andrew’s Hospice as the charity that they want to support with their ‘Dip a Day in December’. They want to raise awareness of open water swimming and cold water shock, but they also want to raise awareness of the fact that while most people are enjoying themselves at this festive time of the year, Christmas can be a difficult time for some. For some families, the hospice provides essential support, not only for their patients, but for their families too.
St Andrew’s Hospice is a charity close to David’s heart after his family had cause to use the facilities at the hospice following the sudden death of his baby grandson, Jacob, at just 6 weeks old. The hospice is home to a special temperature controlled bedroom, which is designed for children to stay in following death up until their funeral, allowing families to say farewell in their own way and their own time, in the comforting surroundings and staff on hand to provide support and advice. The facility helped David’s family at the very difficult time for which he will always be grateful.
The hospice provides free care for anyone over the age of 18, with a wide range of progressive life-limiting conditions, including cancer, motor neurone disease, cardiovascular diseases, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. This care is available in a range of settings, from overnight stays and respite to out-patient visits.
Members of the public can support Dave and Steve by coming down and joining them for a swim, or if that sounds a bit too extreme, a donation to the charity would be very much appreciated.