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Islanders are being invited to brave the cold to help those affected by cancer at the 2020 New Year’s Day Dip, hosted by Wessex Cancer Trust.

The third annual event takes place outside The Salix Cafe on Shanklin’s Small Hope Beach and will raise money for the charity’s crisis appeal.

Wessex Cancer Trust needs to raise £600,000 by 31st January 2020 to save its services. The current fundraising total stands at just £85,000.

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This dip is pirate themed and will also feature a children’s treasure hunt, raffle, a piper, entertainment and powdered paint. Fancy dress is encouraged.

Support centre manager Mike Sizer-Green said:

“This is the third year that the Wessex Cancer Trust Isle of Wight Cancer Support Centre has teamed up with The Salix Cafe to put on this event and it’s always a lot of fun for everyone involved.

“This New Year’s Day the event falls right in the middle of our biggest ever challenge. We must raise £600,000 by 31 January 2020 or we face the harsh reality that our services may no longer be there for you when you need us.

“With this in mind, we’d love to see as many of you as possible at our New Year’s Day Dip. We’ve helped local people at the toughest of times for nearly 40 years and, now, we’re facing ours and we need your support more than ever.”

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Registration for the New Year’s Day Dip opens at 11:00 and the dip takes place at 12:00. Entry is £5 and you can register online at or
turn up on the day.

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