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Why Do We Do It..?

The White Christmas Dip was started as a fast and simple way to support the Macmillan Cancer Care Unit at Christchurch Hospital by donating sponsorship money to Macmillan Caring Locally.

Macmillan Caring Locally is a small Charity which was established in 1974 to build the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital, and to support it in partnership with the NHS. Although we share the Macmillan name we are not connected to the national Charity Macmillan Cancer Support. Donations that we receive are used to fund the care of our Patients at the Macmillan Unit, and those who are under our care living at home in our community.

The funds raised at the White Christmas Dip Christmas morning swims have enabled us to buy essential equipment for the Macmillan Unit and to provide an attractive, homely environment for our Patients, their families and visitors. We are so grateful to John, Tommy, their families and friends who started this great event in 2008. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to everyone who has given up their Christmas morning to do something completely mad, and raise funds for our Charity at the same time.

I can’t wait for the next White Christmas Dip. If you haven’t done a Christmas morning swim before and are thinking about it, please join us and bring your friends. It is great fun, there is an amazing atmosphere and it really sets you up for your Christmas lunch. Add to that the fact that your Christmas morning swim will raise funds for a local Charity at the same time and everyone wins.

See you at the next White Christmas Dip!

Please take some time to find out more about Macmillan Caring Locally at our website

Neal Williams,
Trust Secretary, Macmillan Caring Locally