Hundreds of brave bathers are being urged to ditch their clothes and their inhibitions to raise money for charity in a mass skinny dip on the National Trust-owned stretch of coastline at Druridge Bay in Northumberland.
The event, which is set to take place on Saturday 22 September at sunrise, is being organised by Jacqueline Higginson and partner Mark Bushell, who hope to raise more £2000 for mental health charity MIND.
Jacqueline, who took part in a similar world record event on the National Trust’s Rhossili beach in Wales in 2011, which raised £12,000 for the National Trust and Marie Curie Cancer Care, wanted to repeat the experience whilst doing something for a good cause. She told us:
“Following on from my beautiful skinny dip experience in Rhossili Bay, which made it into the Guinness Book of World Records; I decided to recreate it up north and am keen to hear from anyone interested in taking part. To cover the cost of insurance we’re suggesting a registration fee of £10 and are encouraging everyone to use the opportunity to raise money for charity.”
Bathers interested in taking part will be asked to gather on the beach before sunrise and get at least waist deep in the chilly north sea along with hundreds of others.
This stretch of beach at Druridge Bay is just one of the stunning areas of coastline cared for by the National Trust in Northumberland. Simon Lee, property manager for the National Trust on the Northumberland Coast, said: “The National Trust is happy to host this charity fundraising event on the Trust owned stretch of beach at Druridge Bay. From all accounts the event last year at Rhossili was very well organised and enjoyed by all. As well as raising money for charity, we hope the event will raise awareness of the beautiful coastline that the National Trust looks after.”
If you’d like to find out more or take part please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.northeastskinnydip.co.uk