Brave swimmers will take the plunge in Jesus Green Lido for Arthur Rank Hospice next Friday

Friday 3 May 2019

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity have teamed up with for a chilly cold water swimming challenge

The Big Shiver takes place between 3.00-6.00pm, on Friday 10 May 2019 at Jesus Green Lido, raising funds for the Hospice. The Charity is welcoming previous participants, new swimmers and anyone who wishes to sign up to take part on the day

Brave swimmers are being given exclusive access to the Lido, the day before it opens to the public for the summer season.

Designed to mimic the idea of swimming in the river close by, Jesus Green Lido is 91.4 metres long: four times the length of an average swimming pool It is one of the few remaining examples of lidos built around the country in the 1920s: open air pools with space for activities other than swimming. Temperatures are expected to reach peak temperatures of just a nippy 12 degrees C during the afternoon

Open to ages 16 years and upwards, participants must be able to swim a minimum distance of 25 metres.

Last year those among Team Arthur's swimmers included: a mother and son team whose husband and father had been cared for by the Hospice at Home team; Hospice staff including a nurse from the Inpatient Unit; a member of the Hospice's Estates and Facilities Team who brought his whole family for a dip; and a team of three men who ploughed up and down the pool in pink swim hats

In 2018, 2000 was raised by those taking the plunge, and the Charity is hoping those taking part this year will rival that with this year's event, through their sponsorship efforts. After taking part, swimmers will be treated to a bowl of warm soup and a roll as they compare experiences and maybe even tactics for next year

Registration is 15 and you can sign up by contacting the Hospice's fundraising team on 01223 675888 or by emailing

Alternatively you can turn up at Jesus Green Lido, between 3.00-5.00pm to register on the day. Further information and full terms and conditions can be found at:

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