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Polar Plunge

8th February 2025 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Take on the frostiest fundraiser in Gloucestershire

Calling all brrrrrr-ave souls! Do you dare to dive into freezing cold waters to help warm the hearts of bereaved children and young people? 

Join us on Saturday 8th February and challenge yourself to swim (up to) 100 metres in the icy waters of Sandford Parks Lido all whilst raising funds for Winston’s Wish.

When: Saturday 8th February at 11am

Where: Sandford Parks Lido, Cheltenham

Who: Swimmers must be 17 or over to take part

How much: Registration costs £20, and we kindly ask you to raise a minimum of £50 in sponsorship.

If you would like to register your interest in this event let us know in the form below. We’ll contact you again when registration opens a little later in the year.

Your contribution will help young bereaved people like Darcey, a Winston’s Wish Youth Ambassador, who will be taking the plunge in memory of her dad: 

‘I am participating in the Winston’s Wish Polar Plunge and would love to see you there. The polar plunge to me represents the resilience and strength I have built throughout my journey of grief after losing my dad. Submerging myself into cold water will challenge my mental willpower and achieving it will give me a huge sense of accomplishment. You have no idea how much your money helps to support people like me and I can’t thank you enough’ 

Raising £50 in sponsorship would help to fund the equivalent of three live chat sessions delivered by our incredible digital team who help provide direct support to children and young people after their worlds have been turned upside down by grief.  

We understand that times are tough right now, and so our friendly fundraising team are on hand to help you with tips, ideas and advice on how to make the most of your fundraising efforts.  

This is a truly unique and unforgettable event.  Jackie, one of our swimmers to brave the icy waters, commented:

“What a fabulous event! The water was absolutely FREEZING but we were supported by the team from Winston’s Wish and we felt EXHILTERATED for the rest of the day.  It felt GREAT to be helping to raise funds for a very worthwhile cause.”  – Jackie, Polar Plunging Legend 2023. 

What’re you waiting for? Take the plunge and do something amazing, today!


8th February 2025
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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