New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge

January 3, 2019 11:27 am Published by

New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge

What an amazing way to start the new year with the Polar Bear Plunge in St Albans.

Over 400 plungers in total, all braved freezing temperatures to raise money and the profiles of three great local charities; Earthworks, The Ollie Foundation and The Counselling Foundation.  Against a backdrop of multi coloured outdoor changing rooms, the Cottonmill Lane Sub Aqua Diving Club, hosted the event.  There was a real sense of community atmosphere in the air as family, friends and supporters gathered around the outdoor pool to cheer on an array of ‘dressed up’ plungers.

The Counselling Foundation commended Clare and Ed Suttie and their team of volunteers for all their incredible work in aid of the Polar Bear Challenge which this year has helped to raise a recording breaking £9,600 so far, with donations still rolling in.

Colleagues at the Foundation,  Judy Mallinson, Sonja Hutchinson along with her three daughters (dressed up as a set of Minions) and Ruth Hutchinson all put themselves forward for the icy challenge.   Judy Mallinson, Grant Manager at The Foundation, was full of praise “The event, from the postbox toppers to the Plunge itself, inspired and delighted a whole community.”
Despite the icy cold water asked if she would jump again, Judy replied; “Absolutely – it was invigorating and I am actually thinking about doing it again!”

Each week, the Foundation helps 500 people with issues from thoughts of suicide, anxiety and depression, coping with a life-changing events or specialist bereavement support helping those who are struggling to come to terms with grief.  Sponsorship and money raised will help increase the number of those able to access support through subsidised sessions.




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