Embrace the thrills and chills of NHS charity fundraising event

by | 3 September 2023 | Health, Local Charity, Rotherham

An NHS charity is challenging fundraisers to ditch their winter warmers and take an exhilarating plunge into the icy waters of Manvers Lake for its Polar Plunge event.

The Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity is working with cold water therapy experts at The Breath Connection (one is an ex-Royal Marine Commando and the other a specialist breath work practitioner) to bring you this chilly challenge on Saturday 25th November, from 10.00am.

Fundraisers will take a dip in the chilly waters at the beautifully scenic Manvers Lake, where you will learn the art of cold water dipping, breath work and the health benefits of cold water.

Rachael Dawes, Head of Fundraising, said: “Every plunge you take will make a real difference! It will be an unforgettable, invigorating experience and one that we hope you will share with your family, friends and colleagues too. It’s something you don’t have to train for, but you will learn a new skill – the thrill of cold water dipping and how breath work can enhance your life.

“All the funds you raise will support the patients we care for and their families when they really need it the most.”

Cold water immersion and breath work can help boost immunity, improve circulation, manage pain, stress and anxiety. The event is open to everyone, including those who can’t swim well or have a disability.

It costs £25.00 to take part and the charity would like participants to raise a minimum of £50.00. Participants should bring along warm clothes to wear afterwards, such as hats, gloves, socks, loose-fitting trousers and tops such as a fleece.

The charity funds resources, equipment and projects above and beyond what the NHS can provide. It has recently launched the new Tiny Toes fundraising appeal, which aims to raise £150,000 for the Neonatal Unit at Rotherham Hospital.

The existing unit and its caring and compassionate staff are highly praised by families, but the facilities require upgrading to ensure their excellent standard of care can continue for generations to come.

As the facilities are constantly used by parents, they are now worn and outdated. The unit was designed in the late 1970s and built 40 years ago. The Trust will completely refurbish the unit to future-proof it for generations to come, with the charity fundraising for the added extras.

The appeal will fund a complete overhaul of the existing family rooms, including repainting and soft furnishings, new furniture, modern showers and kitchen facilities.

To register for the Polar Plunge contact the charity on 01709 426821 or trft.rhcc@nhs.net. To donate to the Tiny Toes appeal visit www.justgiving.com/campaign/tinytoesappeal.