Lowestoft Christmas Day Swim 2022 registration is open

The organising committee are pleased to announce that registration for the Everyone Active 2022 Lowestoft Christmas Day Swim, sponsored by JME, is now open.

The swim is spearheaded by Everyone Active and supported by HM Coastguard, Lowestoft Volunteer Lifeguard Corps, Lowestoft Lions, St John Ambulance, RNLI and new for this year, East Point Pavilion.

Last year’s swim was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making the 2022 swim the 43rd edition of the event.

Once again, we are delighted to be sponsored by local organisation, JME.

A huge thanks to East Point Pavilion, who will provide the swimmers’ changing and registration areas. Registration will be in East Point Pavilion with the swim taking place between East Point Pavilion and Claremont Pier.

Registration and changing will be in East Point Pavilion from 8:30am. The swim itself will take place at 10am sharp. A quick warm-up on the beach followed by a jog into the sea for your dip. On registration, swimmers are required to make a minimum £5 donation to ensure their registration is complete. All monies will go to the charities listed on the website.

Registration can be found at www.everyoneactive.com/xmasdayswim. Wristbands will be issued from East Point Pavilion on Christmas morning. One registration per swimmer and children must be accompanied by the appropriate adult to child ratio as stated in the Terms and Conditions of participation. Swimmers will need to create an account with Everyone Active and accept the terms and conditions, prior to signing up.

The swim will see participants take the plunge in fancy dress to raise money for local charities and causes, with the funds raised shared equally.

Due to the disruption of COVID-19 and time constraints, the organising committee have again decided to donate funds to the lifeline of our communities – the NHS, specifically the James Paget Charity Trust – as well as the core charities from the previous swim.

Money raised will be utilised to improve staff welfare. It will primarily pay for staff counselling relating to the pandemic, as well as providing covered outside areas to allow staff to get away from the ward during breaks. The fund can also be used to provide staff with additional training.

Maxine Taylor, Charity Co-ordinator for the James Paget Hospital, said: “I would like to thank Matt and the team for their consideration of the James Paget Hospital Charity this year.  It will mean a lot to our team that the local community has once again got behind them and supported them it what has been a very difficult year.  It is fantastic that the monies raised will be used for staff welfare, as the face to face counselling service that the charity and well-being team put in place has certainly been an important part of the staff services we offer.”

In addition, our core charities (helpers) are: Lowestoft Lions, Lowestoft Lifeguard Volunteer Corp, St John Ambulance (local branch) and the Brian Gallagher Football Fund.

Donna Taylor, Operations Manager for Everyone Active at Waterlane Leisure Centre, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this special event, which is of such importance to the local community and fantastic charitable causes. I’m sure plenty of Waterlane members, who we regularly see in our pool, will be taking part and it will be great to welcome everyone on Christmas Day. We wish all participants the very best of luck and encourage people of all ages to come down and cheer them on.”

Matt Stebbings, Event Volunteer, said: “Each year we raise the bar on our target and this year should not be any different. We made the decision to cancel last year and rightly so.  This year, we want people to once enjoy a fun family tradition, albeit carefully and safely. The swim is part of many families’ local traditions and we want local people to once again get behind, dig deep and say thank you to our frontline NHS workers, based at the JPUH. As always, we will be collecting donations so please donate as much as you can to help these great causes 

Monies can still be handed in on the day and in buckets. We will also be operating a band system so please make sure you register as no registration, no swim.