More than 20 brave people bared all as part of ‘The Great British Skinny Dip’ weekend on Saturday 3 September, raising funds for Rennie Grove Hospice Care. Diogenes Sun Club near Chalfont St Peter offered its stunning facilities as the backdrop for the daring dippers who dared to bare for hospice care.
Rennie Grove’s Volunteer Services Officer, Susan Lewis from Weston Turville, was amongst those stripping off.
“The whole day was fantastic,” she enthused, “the weather couldn't have been more perfect for my first skinny dip. With the sun shining and the outdoor pool looking incredibly inviting all we had to do was take our clothes off! The encouragement, friendliness and support of the members of Diogenes Sun Club and my fellow skinny dippers was just what was needed.
“But we did it and we did it brilliantly!
“I am really glad I took on the challenge and would encourage anyone who has experienced Rennie Grove nursing care to take themselves out of their comfort zone and have a go next year.
“I smashed my fundraising target twice and with more donations coming in I am so grateful for the support of everyone to help me with this slightly out of the ordinary challenge.
“It was worth every naked minute and I would do it again in a heartbeat so that we can continue to care for patients and their families with life-limiting illness like my lovely Mum - who was my motivation to do such a crazy challenge!”
The sponsored skinny dip has raised more than £3,000 towards Rennie Grove’s 24/7 responsive hospice at home service – enough to fund more than 100 hours of specialist nursing care in patients’ homes.