Tuesday 16 July 2019

1,800 women brave the icy waters at Strip and Dip to raise vital funds

Participants at Strip and Dip 2019. Pic by Cathy Weatherston
Participants at Strip and Dip 2019. Pic by Cathy Weatherston

Eimear Dodd

Around 1,800 women took part in the annual Strip and Dip to raise funds for childhood cancer on Saturday. Women travelled from around Ireland with some even coming from abroad to be there on the day. Now in its seventh year, participants met at the Arklow Bay Hotel from early morning on June 8 before they were taken by bus to the secluded location for the women only event.

Some joined the Sea of Change choir to sing 'This is Me' from The Greatest Showman in the grounds of the hotel before they headed to the beach. The dip was held south of Wicklow town at Magheramore beach which is located between Silver Strand and Brittas Bay. The weather on Saturday morning was described as beautiful with the sea relatively calm for the dip itself which took place at 12.45 p.m.

The Strip and Dip started seven years ago while Deirdre Featherstone was undergoing treatment for breast cancer and decided after her mastectomy to do something fun and raise money for Aoibheanns Pink Tie, Ireland's National Children's Cancer Charity. Many women who take part have been through cancer or know someone who had been affected by the disease.'Saturday was incredible, an amazing experience,' said Aileen Eglington, who organised marketing for the event.

The amount raised has yet to be confirmed though organisers said that over €100,000 had been collected by June 7. The final figure is expected to be significantly higher with funds going towards buying a second house at Crumlin for the families of children going through childhood cancer. The total funds raised to date from all dips is €700,000. The 2018 World Record Dip of 2,500 women funded a house in Crumlin. Anyone wishing to donate can still do so by

Wicklow People