As part of the nationwide Great British Skinny Dip organised by British Naturism, Diogenes Sun Club near Chalfont St Peter supported Rennie Grove Hospice Care with a sponsored skinny dip earlier this month.
Following on from a successful inaugural event in 2016, the Bucks-based naturist club hosted the event on Saturday 2 September, with 11 skinny dippers – supported by club members - getting ‘Bare to Care’. The dippers were all raising funds for Rennie Grove’s 24/7 responsive Hospice at Home that provides a service to patients across the Chilterns and into west Herts.
Rennie Grove Senior Community Fundraiser, Louise Hewitt said, “We want to say a big thank you to everyone that joined in the skinny dip this year. The idea behind our sponsored events is to enable participants to get involved in activities that take them outside of their comfort zone. So our skinny dip is the perfect alternative to adrenalin-fuelled challenges like jumping out of a plane or looping the loop in a glider with the added benefit of it taking place in the stunning grounds and beautifully-kept pool at the Diogenes Sun Club.”
Set in six acres of beautiful and secluded grounds around a country house, Diogenes has been in existence since the 1930s and on its current site since 1964.
Ginny Harrison, one of the Rennie Grove dippers said, “I used to run in Rennie Grove’s Herts 10K since the event began over 10 years ago. Now I don't run, the skinny dip seemed a good option as a different and amusing way to raise funds and have some fun. The day of the dip was one of those lovely crisp sunny, slightly misty autumn days with a nip in the air (slight concern that)!
“We were welcomed by the Club members then shown to pool that stood glistening in the sunshine. There were about a dozen of us taking part”, Ginny continued, “and we were counted down and leapt in. The water was lovely and warm and I enjoyed it so much I went in twice more before the morning was over. We then ate lots of homemade cake and drank tea. I'm delighted to say that, due to the generosity of friends, neighbours and family (once they had overcome their surprise) I raised £600.”
The skinny dippers collectively raised an impressive £1,300 this year. The event will be taking place again in 2018 so look out for details in the spring.