Cancer Trust charity to host new year’s day dip

Brave the cold to help Islanders affected by cancer at this year’s New Year’s Day Dip, hosted by the Wessex Cancer Trust charity.

The second annual event takes place outside The Salix Cafe on Shanklin’s Small Hope Beach and will raise money for the charity’s Building for the Future appeal.

Earlier this year, the Island branch of Wessex Cancer Trust launched a £100,000 appeal to
create a new cancer centre for the Island and the fundraising total currently stands at around £80,000.

The event follows the success of the summer’s Inflatable Rainbow Run and this month’s
Drive-in Films for Christmas, which raised more than £5,000.

This year’s dip is pirate themed and will also feature a children’s treasure hunt, raffle,
entertainment and powdered paint. Fancy dress is encouraged.

Support centre manager Mike Sizer-Green said: “We are edging ever closer to our appeal target and with only £20,000 left to raise, we hope lots of Islanders will come along to support us and enjoy some New Year’s Day fun. We are hugely grateful to the team at the Salix Cafe for helping us put on the event. All swimmers will receive a hot drink – but only after they’ve been in the sea!”

The New Year’s Day Dip starts at 11am. Entry is £5 and you can register online, at, or turn up on the day.