Len Ball Christmas swim makes a return to Lisfannon - are you brave enough?

Pictured with Santa and  Hospice Harry are Anne Ball, Kathleen McGlinchey and Hospice nurse Sheila Dobbins at the launch of the 'Len Ball Christmas Day Swim'
Pictured with Santa and Hospice Harry are Anne Ball, Kathleen McGlinchey and Hospice nurse Sheila Dobbins at the launch of the 'Len Ball Christmas Day Swim'
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It’s a great way to waken you up and build up an appetite for your Christmas dinner.

The Foyle Hospice has announced that the Len Ball annual Christmas swim will be returning to Lisfannon beach this year.

Hundreds of people are expected to brave the icy waters on Christmas morning to raise money for the North West’s most loved charity.

The swim began in 1985, organised by Derry man Len Ball in memory of his son Liam who died tragically at a very young age.

Following Len’s death in 2000 his daughter Kathleen, other family members and close friends continued to organise the event.

The swim hasn’t taken place for the past five years - but the Foyle Hospice say they want to bring it back this year and make it bigger and better.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’ Len’s daughter Kathleen explained how their brother Liam had always gone swimming at Lisfannon Beach so they decided to start the swim to raise money.

And so began the Len Ball Christmas swim.

Kathleen revealed she has taken part in the Len Ball Christmas swim several times.

“The coldest part is your feet,” she said. “I’d advise anyone going into the water to have some sort of footwear on.

“Get up on Christmas morning -it’s a great way to get the day going.”

Although Kathleen can’t take part in the swim herself this year she will be down supporting those taking part.

“It’s a great way to raise money for the Foyle Hospice. If you can’t swim yourself, go down and support the swimmers and sponsor them.”

The swim takes place on Christmas morning at Lisfannon beach - the beach nearest Buncrana at 11 a.m.

To take part or to find out more information contact the Foyle Hospice on 71359888.