Cobo Beach Boxing Day swim to support Guernsey Cheshire Home

December 26th, 2011 by Richard Lord

Most people who entered the winter sea stayed a very short time but a few braved the chill for ten minutes or more (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The 12th Annual Guernsey Cheshire Home Boxing Day Dip began at 10.30 am. Hundreds of Guernsey swimmers enjoyed the sunshine and the cool waters of Cobo on 26 December 2011 to raise money for Guernsey Cheshire Home.

Guernsey Cheshire Home Chairman Jurat Stephen Jones speaking on BBC Guernsey said that the event wasn’t really a swim but a dip and joked that the dip would start at 10.30 am and last until nearly 10.31 am.

“The 2010 Boxing Day dip raised over £4000,” he said.

“It’s an important bit of fund raising for us at Christmas time. The Guernsey Cheshire Home needs money all the time. We’re open 365 days a year and have to have staff on all that time 24 hours a day so our running costs are continuous.”

“The Cheshire Home is a big house. Like all houses it needs looking after. The price of electricity and gas goes up, and feeding 30 people everyday is quite expensive, and there’s the cost of the nurses and the care staff,” he said.

Thousands of friends and family members of the dippers crowded along Cobo Coastal Road to watch the spectacle and provide towels and refreshments (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Jurat Jones said it was “a fantastic family event to see so many people coming down to Cobo to enjoy the fresh air and those four or five hundred people being brave. Everyone runs into the sea at the same time so everyone enjoys it.”

Some people went swimming with fairy wings (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

There was a fairy theme for this year’s dip in the sea with some swimmers sporting fairy wings.

Many swimmers were in a festive Christmas spirit (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

“The number of people who take part in this event is fantastic considering the size of our population,” Jurat Jones said.

Four kayakers paddled in the bay to help any swimmer who required assistance (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Many spectators and some swimmers wore Father Christmas costumes or hats (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Rockmount served a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie in exchange for a few pounds or coins donated to the Guernsey Cheshire Home, and outside there was a brass band playing carols.

Crowds of people witnessing or taking part in the Boxing Day Dip in front of The Rockmount (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Many of the Cobo Bay Boxing Day dippers used sponsorship forms to raise money.

Colour Sergeant Wendy Ayres and three cadets collected money on behalf of Guernsey Cheshire Home.

Michael Strachan made a donation to the Guernsey Cheshire Home bucket carried by Colour Sergeant Wendy Ayres (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Richard Williamson collected money for Guernsey Cheshire Home at the top of one of the stairs leading from the beach (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Lily Jones attended the Boxing Day Dip in a shark suit (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Christine Morton wore an outfit made by her son, John. Christine, originally from Austria, has lived in Guernsey for 40 years. She swims in the sea all year long. She decided to have fun with the fairy theme. She intentionally misinterpreted ‘fairy’ as ‘ferry’.

Christine Morton wearing the costume made by her son, John, which she went into the sea with (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

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