For the last 10 years, hardy souls from around the North West have been seen emerging from the icy water at Magilligan Point in County Derry on New Year’s Day.
Organiser Brian McNicholl says all proceeds from the Leap of the Dog swim go towards Foyle Hospice as it’s a charity that helps so many families and their loved ones in the North West.
“The swim has grown each year, getting bigger and better with large crowds taking part,” says Brian. “The Irish coastguard, Greencastle, provide safety boat cover while HM Coastguard, Castlerock, provide shore cover and assistance. The PSNI are also on hand and, on the night, there is a fund raising traditional music session to raise money for the Hospice in the Keady Clachan cottage, outside Limavady.”
Those adventurous enough to participate in the traditional dip have donned fancy dress to “some brave boys wearing speedos”, says Brian.
Noel McMonagle of the Foyle Hospice said they are delighted with the support from the Roe Valley, in addition to the many fundraising events run in the area.
“When Brian came to us with the idea we thought it was great, so we’re delighted,” says Noel.
The charity swim takes place at 2.30pm from Magillian Point.
For more information and to find out how to take the plunge call 028 71 359888 or 07792846699.