Thursday 18 January 2018

Local ladies asked to bare all to help fight cancer

Fiona Magennis

The women of the north east are being asked to dare to bare to help the fight against cancer and take part in the 2017 Dip in the Nip.

Entry is now open for the sixth annual event and women throughout the area are encouraged to sign up and take part in this exhilarating event in aid of NECRET, North-East Cancer Research & Education Trust.

Funds raised will be used to improve the treatment and outcomes of people with cancer so it really does make a massive and real difference to those fighting cancer. This is through a number of key areas so that the highest quality care can be delivered namely conducting and contributing to much needed clinical cancer research, training nurse and other medical staff so that they can use all new treatments and techniques as they are available and the purchasing of equipment that is vital to the delivery of quality patient care. The latter includes the appeal to purchase a gene sequencing machine spearheaded by Professor Bryan Hennessy.

The all female dip will take place on September 17th at an undisclosed location in the north east.

Participants meet at the Westcourt Hotel in Drogheda on the morning of the dip and from here they are bussed to the secret location where the event takes place.

The day promises to be a fantastic event with it held in glorious conditions last year and even if the water is cold the atmosphere will be warm with plenty of inspiring stories, camraderie and fun for everyone brave enough to take part. Last year, 127 women from all over Ireland and the UK gathered in the north east to take part in the sixth year of this event.

According to Shirley Murray a volunteer with Necret who alongside Karen Healy and Liz Summersby have made the Northeast Dip one of the biggest in the country: 'It's just a brilliant, feelgood thing to do and a fanastic way to raise money, some people do it as part of their bucket list, some people do it as a way to celebrate having come through cancer treatment and some people do it with friends to show their support. We've had people come over from the UK to do it and we even had Freddy Flintoff in 2015 who came and served fish and chips to the ladies."

'We have people who come over from all over Ireland, from Derry to Kerry. It's incredibly well organised and everything is done for them. They have prosecco in the morning, Zumba dancing the whole nine yards.'

The weather last year was beautiful and the organisers are hoping they will be blessed with the same luck again in 2017.

They want the women of the local area to come together and spread the world about this empowering event so that they can beat last year's record of 127 dippers. For more details, your sign up pack, please simply email or text Catherine on 086 7773294 with your name, postal address and phone number. Since it started in 2009 by Máire Garvey, 'Dip In The Nip', whose tagline is 'Dare to Bare to Fight Cancer', has raised thousands of euros for cancer charities all over Ireland.

'People support each other, it's a girl's day out. We had a big group of girls from Dundalk who came down to do it last year,' said the spokesperson. 'It's a fantastic day. Most of the women who take part stay in the Westcourt and go out dancing the night before.'

The week after the Dip in the Nip, on Saturday September 23rd, Necret will hold their 'Living with Cancer' event in the Citynorth Hotel. This afternoon event an information and support day for cancer patients and their friends and families where they can learn about the latest development and treatments in cancer care.

Speakers last year including Aine Lawlor and 2015 Rose of Tralee Elysha Brennan.

The Argus

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