New Year’s Day dip in Magilligan for charity

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For the last 11 years, hardy souls from around the North West have taken the plunge on New Year’s Day at Magilligan Point for charity.

Each year, close to £2,000 is raised.

Organiser Brian McNicholl hopes the 2016 swim will be just as successful.

“It originally started off as a Limavady Wolfhounds event through the Camogie Club, and then the club itself to raise funds but, through the years, the Club decided to pass it on to support Foyle Hospice. People felt it was selfish always asking for money, so we thought ‘why not pass it on to the Hospice?’” said Brian.

The event is a true cross community, cross border occasion with sea and shore support from Greencastle in Donegal, and Portrush and Castlerock just a few miles away.

“Owen McLaughlin and staff at The Point Bar, as well as Bob’s Bar & Bistro are on hand to feed those participating,” he said.

Brian said Foyle Hospice is a charity that helps so many families and their loved ones in the North West.

“Everyone needs some final care, and so many people have experience wit the Foyle Hospice, so it’s a great cause.”

Those taking part can dress up, or wear beach clothing.

“I wouldn’t say it’s that cold. Sometimes it’s warmer in the water than outside,” said Brian.

For information on how to take part, pop into the Foyle Hospice shop on Market Street in Limavady, or check out the ‘Charity Swim’ facebook page. You can also call the Foyle Hospice on 028 7135 1010.