The Guernsey Cheshire Home is proud to announce the final sum of all donations raised at the annual Skipton International Boxing Day Dip is £10,560.45.

Hundreds of swimmers turned out on Cobo Bay, many wearing the bright blue beanie hats sold in return for a donation. The organisers gave out mince pies, kindly donated by Cimandis, and mulled wine thanks to the Rockmount.

All funds raised go towards the upkeep of the Guernsey Cheshire Home, where annual costs are more than £1million.

The home provides full-time care for local people suffering from many severe physical disabilities including multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, spinal injuries, arthritis, and the devastating effects of permanent paralysis.

Rhona Humphreys, head of the Guernsey Cheshire Home fundraising team, said:

“We were delighted with the turnout and people’s generosity. it’s such a fantastic sight to see so many dippers. We really appreciate the support!”

Aaron Walden, Skipton International’s Senior Commercial Manager, took part on the day. He added:

“I am thrilled that the Skipton Boxing Day Dip has raised over £10,500 for the Guernsey Cheshire Home this year. It’s a fantastic Guernsey tradition that we are so pleased to support, and raising funds for this worthwhile charity is what it’s all about.

“Congratulations to every swimmer and dipper – you really have helped to make a difference!”

One local organisation, Northern Trust, sponsored by their Charitable Trust pledged £25 each for 9 partners and the Managing Director and CEO were sponsored £50 each for every minute they stayed in the water, they managed a combined total of 36 minutes resulting in a fantastic £2,025 being added to the total!