A woman from Salford is braving icy sea waters on Christmas day to raise money for Salford Foodbank.
Lizzie Adams, senior Nurse practitioner at Ramsgate House, will be kicking off her festive celebrations with a splash.
She plans to donate all the money she raises to help the foodbank keep its doors open. Lizzie said: “The Salford branch provides food to people I look after with severe mental health illnesses and they would be lost without it.”
The annual Christmas swim event, organised by Sentinel Leisure Trust, sees hundreds of people strip off and help raise funds for charity. Last year’s event raised more than £10,000 for local charities which put on many great projects and services for local people.
This year will see the swim in its 42nd year and organisers are hoping even more local heroes get involved and brave the North Sea.
With temperatures in the water expected to be a mere 5 degrees, swimmers will only have festive cheer keeping them warm.
Lizzie added: “I imagine it to be absolutely freezing. It’s not my cup of tea.
“I like to be warm, so even the thought of it now is making me freezing.”
— Salford Foodbank (@SalfordFoodbank) November 27, 2019
Salford Foodbank is on the brink of closing due to a funding crisis.
Last year, it provided over 57,000 meals to residents.
Lizzie said: “It’s really worrying for the local community because these meals won’t be provided anymore.”
It means new premises will need to be found by early 2020 for the food bank to ensure its survival.
She added: “Every year they need £65,000 to run the service and the money they know they are getting each year is £20,000 – so there’s a massive shortfall.”
To donate to the foodbank and support Lizzie in her charity swim visit
The event takes places on Tuesday 25th December 10am – at Claremont Pier, Lowerstoft. To get involved, click here.