This will be the 17th Christmas Day Dip for St Elizabeth Hospice and it’s gathering quite a following. Around 500 dippers take part each year and see this as the traditional start to their Christmas Day festivities. Friends and family are all welcome to come along and watch which adds to the fantastic atmosphere as everyone gathers to run in to the sea. While those raising money will be dashing in to the bracing waters, there will be patients in the hospice receiving the care they need, thanks to your support.

Please read the Terms and Conditions thoroughly before registering for this event.

Download your Christmas Day Dip fundraising pack here

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I park my car?

There is plenty of space along the seafront at Felixstowe.

Where do I go when I arrive?

Registration takes place from 8.30am opposite Mannings Amusements on the sea front (Sea Road, IP11 2DN). Registration will close at 9.45am.

Can I register on the day?

There will be no on the day registration this year so please pre-register for the challenge.

How much does it cost to take part?

The ticket price covers the administration fee, plus one wristband and medal

Early Bird Ticket - £9.00 per person until 23:59 on Tuesday 30th Novemeber

Standard Ticket - £13.00 per person until midday on Thursday 23rd December

There will be no on the day registration this year so please pre-register for the challenge.

How old do I need to be?

Entrants must be 10 years of age or over to take part. Any dippers between the age of 10 and 17 must take part alongside a parent or guardian who will accompany them throughout the event. These tickets must be purchased together so we can identify the responsible adult.

Can my family and friends come along to watch?

Yes, we welcome spectators to come down and enjoy the festive atmosphere.

What time does the dip take place?

The horn will sound at 10.00am and the dippers will run into the North Sea!

Will it be safe?

Your safety is most important to us. St Elizabeth Hospice is working in conjunction with Woodbridge Medical Services as well as the Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Service, Felixstowe National Coast Guard Institute and the Eastern Community Assistance Team. Together, we ensure all aspects of the event are made safe.

Due to the nature of the event, participants must be 10 years of age and over to take part. Those aged between 10 and 17 years old must take part alongside a paying adult who will be responsible for them and accompany them throughout the dip.

Will there be toilets?

Yes, the public toilets will be available to use on Felixstowe sea front.

What do I need to wear?

No special clothes are required for the dip. Wetsuits are allowed and fancy dress is also a popular and welcomed choice. We recommend that you bring warm dry clothes to change into after. Please bear in mind there will be no gazeebo for changing facilities this year but the public toilets will be open and available to use.

Will there be any refreshments?

Hot drinks and refreshments will be available to purchase from Dyer's Diner and Coffee Shack on the promenade. However, please feel free to bring your own flasks and food to the event if you wish.

Do I have to raise a certain amount of money?

There is no minimum sponsorship required, but we kindly ask that you try and raise as much money as possible to help St Elizabeth Hospice. Every penny you raise will go towards helping improve the lives of those with a progressive illness in the local community.

You can download your paper sponsor form here.

What else can I do to raise money?

Many employers will match fund the amount their employees fundraise. Why not speak with your employer and ask them if they will do this? It is quick and simple and won’t cost you a thing. Usually all they require is a letter from us confirming what you have raised and we will happily provide this for you.

Where shall I send my sponsorship?

Please do not bring sponsor money to the event. You can send a cheque to Fundraising, St Elizabeth Hospice, 565 Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP3 8LX. Please make cheques payable to St Elizabeth Hospice and write your name and Christmas Day Dip 2021 on the reverse of the cheque.

Alternatively, you can bring the money in person to the hospice in an envelope marked for the Fundraising Team’s attention.

Can I Gift Aid my donation?

You can ask each person that sponsors you to Gift Aid their donation by ticking the Gift Aid box on your sponsor form. If the person sponsoring you is a UK tax payer or pays Capital Gains Tax, they can make their donation worth even more. For every £1 they give to us, we get an extra 25p. Please ensure everyone completes their name and address, including post code in full to be eligible.

Is there any other way I can support the event/hospice?

Please spread the word amongst your colleagues, family, friends and neighbours and get them signed up too!

We also need volunteer support to help the event run smoothly; to get involved, contact the Fundraising Team.

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T: 01473 723600


Thank you. See you Christmas Day!

Early Bird

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