136 people of all ages took on the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge in the open-air diving pool at St Albans’ Diving Club. The event was organised by local resident, Ed Suttie, as part of his fundraising for his challenge of a lifetime: trekking to the North Pole, which he will undertake in April.
Ed aims to raise £30,000, which he will split between Rennie Grove and his other three chosen charities, and has already reached £12,000. The Polar Bear Plunge – an increasingly popular winter pastime involving a chilly dip in an expanse of water open to the elements – brought in £5,000 towards that total.
The Mayor of St Albans, Cllr Salih Gaygusuz, was among the people taking part, as was Rennie Grove Vice-President and long-term supporter, Lawrence Levy. Jumping as individuals, families or groups of friends, participants launched themselves into the diving pool, many of them in fancy dress. One 11-year-old boy even chose the event as a way of celebrating his birthday with his dad.
Gillian Barnett, Director of Fundraising & Marketing at Rennie Grove, said: “We’re really grateful to Ed for his fantastic support - and to all the people who took the plunge, despite the drop in temperature that 2016 ushered in.”
Participants warmed up post-plunge with hot chocolate and hot food accompanied by live music.
For further information and to keep track of Ed’s training, please go to http://www.ed2northpole.org/
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