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Are you taking part in this year’s Felixstowe Christmas Day Dip?

PUBLISHED: 12:06 28 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:06 28 November 2018

More than 400 people are expected to take part in this year's Felixstowe Christmas Day Dip in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice Picture: GREGG BROWN

More than 400 people are expected to take part in this year's Felixstowe Christmas Day Dip in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice Picture: GREGG BROWN

Organisers are hoping the event will break all records – and give a massive boost to the fundraising for the vital care and work carried out by St Elizabeth Hospice.

A record number of people took part in last year's Felixstowe Christmas Day dip for St Elizabeth Hospice Picture: GREGG BROWNA record number of people took part in last year's Felixstowe Christmas Day dip for St Elizabeth Hospice Picture: GREGG BROWN

David Button Independent Funeral Directors has announced the hospice will be its chosen charity until 2020 and will launch the partnership by sponsoring the 15th annual dip in the North Sea on December 25.

Leading by example, David Button himself will join more than 400 fundraisers and brave the wintry weather at 10am on December 25 and run into the chilly sea opposite Manning’s Amusements Park in Sea Road, Felixstowe.

Throughout 2019 the collaboration will see the independent funeral directors support the high-profile Ipswich Midnight Walk, as route sponsor, and next summer’s sunset event, Suffolk Remembers, which takes place in Felixstowe’s seafront gardens.

The company will also become one of St Elizabeth Hospice’s 30th anniversary partners, pledging to raise a minimum of £3,000 by the end of next year, through a variety of initiatives and challenges.

Peopole taking part in the 2017 dip Picture: GREGG BROWNPeopole taking part in the 2017 dip Picture: GREGG BROWN

Mr Button said: “We are a local company with local values and are an integral part of the community. As such, we are thrilled to partner with St Elizabeth Hospice, supporting the amazing work they do in our community.”

Sarah Archer, St Elizabeth Hospice corporate and major gifts manager, said: “We are delighted to have the support of David Button Independent Funeral Directors for 2019. Working with local organisations is vital for the hospice, and we are very grateful for the enthusiasm with which David Button has approached this partnership.”

The Christmas Day Dip will take place on Felixstowe beach in front of Manning’s Amusements in Sea Road at 10am.

Tickets are £8 if booked before midnight on November 16 and then £13 until registration closes at noon on Thursday, December 20.

Ready for an icy dip in the North Sea Picture: GREGG BROWNReady for an icy dip in the North Sea Picture: GREGG BROWN

For further information or to book, please visit St Elizabeth Hospice website.

The event always gets great support Picture: GREGG BROWNThe event always gets great support Picture: GREGG BROWN

Ready for the event Picture: GREGG BROWNReady for the event Picture: GREGG BROWN

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