Take the plunge for Southend RNLI this Boxing Day!
Take part in the 8th charity Boxing Day Dip along Southend seafront on Tuesday December 26 2023 and raise vital funds for Southend Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
Southend RNLI is encouraging brave participants to take part in a freezing cold dip in the Southend Estuary on Boxing Day.
Funds raised will go towards the running of Southend RNLI Lifeboat Station, part of the charity that saves lives at sea.
It costs around £438,000 a day to run the RNLI all of which is generously donated by the public. This means a modern fleet of lifeboats and highly trained volunteer crews are ever-ready to go to a rescue from 237 lifeboat stations around the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Participants will pay a £6 fee and are then invited to fundraise further to support Southend RNLI. Fancy dress is also encouraged with those in the best costumes awarded prizes on the day!
Daniel Wanna, Event Manager & Southend RNLI Helmsman, said: ‘We are delighted to return the Southend RNLI Boxing Day Dip for another year! This will be our 8th year running the event. Historically, this event has raised in excess of £12,000, enabling us to continue to save lives at sea, here in Southend. All profit from this event is utilised specifically at the Southend RNLI Station. A very big thank you to everyone who has supported the event in the past, we look forward to seeing you again this year’.
For more information please contact the events team on 07517 979 350 or by emailing
For further information please contact:
- Nigel Gilchrist. Lifeboat Press Officer at Southend-on-Sea RNLI
- [email protected] or 07765875300
Notes to Editors:
- Southend RNLI is one of the busiest stations across the UK and Republic of Ireland.
- The crew at Southend launched 142 times in 2015 to rescue people, making it the busiest coastal station in the country.
- Southend RNLI cover approximately fifteen miles of shore from Shoeburyness to Canvey and beyond.
For more information please visit http://www.southendlifeboat.org/
Royal National Lifeboat Institution
- The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea.
- Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland from 237 lifeboat stations.
- Additionally, the RNLI has more than 1,800 lifeguards on over 200 beaches around the UK and Channel Islands, also operating a specialist flood rescue team that can respond anywhere across the UK and Republic of Ireland.
- The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government run and funded Maritime and Coastguard agency.
- Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews have saved at least 140,000 lives.
- Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew.
For more information please visit http://rnli.org/Pages/Default.aspx
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.
Learn more about the RNLI
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