Clevedon Life Savers take the plunge for Secret World
By Trudi_B | Thursday, November 22, 2012, 21:22
Clevedon Middle Yeo Life Saving Club members will be braving freezing temperatures when they take their annual dip in Marine Lake on New Year's Day.
But they will be kept warm inside knowing that their frolics, which have become a must-see event for many people living in Clevedon and the surrounding towns and villages, will be raising money for Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill, near Highbridge.
Each year the club nominate various charities they would like to raise money for at the swimming event and this year Secret World was the lucky winner.
It is the only charity specialising in the rescue, rehabilitation and eventual releases of Britain's orphaned, injured and sick wildlife, which offers a 24 hour, seven day a week service in the South West.
Any money raised will go towards Secret World's Call of the Wild Appeal which aims to raise £4.4 million for the West Country's first Wildlife Hospital and Education Centre.
The stalwart men and women from the Life Saving Club, who have been swimming in the Bristol Channel or in Marine Lake at Clevedon's seafront for more than 15 years, will leave the Salthouse Pub at 11am on New Year's Day and following their own tradition will sing Auld Lang Syne.
In keeping with Secret World, this year all those taking part will be dressed as different animals.
Resident swimmer Rose Hurley said: "We are delighted to be raising money for Secret World.
"Initially we just used to go and swim but so many people came along to see us that we decided to make it a fundraising event and over the years have raised money for lots of charities.
"We do like to support local charities, which is one of the reasons Secret World was nominated, but we have also supported some national charities including the Tsunami Appeal and Make A Wish.
"I think this summer has been the coldest for many years and as a result of this we will be swimming in Marine Lake, which will be warmer than the Channel.
"We will all be in fancy dress and a lot of thought is going into our costumes so we hope as many people as possible will come along and watch us and make a donation."
Representatives from Secret World will be at Marine Lake on New Year's Day taking donations and the Life Saving Club is hoping that if there is enough support that they may also join in with the swim!