Islanders are being invited to join brave bathers at Gurnard Green this Boxing day to empower young people in recovery from Cancer.

The Gurnard Green Boxing day dip is raising funds for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust this year by encouraging brave bathers to take a plunge into the icy cold sea.

The Boxing day dip has now become an annual tradition for the local community after the success of the first dip back in 2014. And with the demise of the Ventnor Boxing Day swim, Gurnard could be the perfect alternative for 2017.

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Ashton Howard started the Dip to raise money for Blood Wise (formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma research) and the Wessex Cancer Trust after she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia when she was just 26.

Ashton said:

“I wanted to give something back to the charities which helped me throughout my treatment, the dip was only supposed to be a one-off event, but I’ve been so overwhelmed by the support of the local community”

Having successfully finished her treatment last year, Ashton is now working for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, which empowers young people in recovery from cancer as she explains:

“The dip may take your breath away for a moment, but this is nothing compared to the shock that the young people and their families supported by the Trust face. Having sailed with the charity and experiencing this first-hand I can really relate. It’s incredible to see the young people grow in confidence, make new friends and most importantly have fun again after months or even years of treatment.”

You can join the brave bathers for a refreshing dip as they take the plunge into the sea at 11:00 on Boxing day from Gurnard Green, next to the sailing club. Mulled wine and mince pies will be on hand to warm you up on your return to dry land.

The money raised from this event will allow more young people in recovery from cancer to re-engage with education and employment through the support of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.

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