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Christmas Day Swim

Here you can find all the info for the Lowestoft Xmas Day Swim

2019 Christmas Day Swim Swimmer Registration


This year the aim is simply 'BIGGER & BETTER'. This year will see the swim in its 42nd Year and so we are aiming for our biggest amount of money in one year for the selected charities.

The swim has raised over £52,000 since SLT took on the organisation of the swim and last year alone the event raised over £10,000 for local charities and causes that was put to many great projects and services for local people.

This year the organisers are hoping that even more LOCAL HEROES get involved and brave the North Sea at this much loved and anticipated social calendar event. The Christmas Dip will take place on Tuesday 25 December 10am. Changing facilities and registration  for Registered Swimmers Only IN LORD KITCHENER'S GARDEN (NORTH OF THE THATCH) IN A MARQUEE ON THE GREEN SPACE..

Minimum sponsorship £5.00 (100% of monies raised will go to beneficiaries).

Local organisations and charities that will benefit from your sponsorships this year are:

  • Brainwave Independence Group - Donation will be used to help run the new day centre ‘The Point’ which will offer a wide range of activity workshops.

  • Wish List Bikers - Donation will be used to help with the running cost and replacement of equipment so trike and motorcycle rides can be offered to sick and disabled children and adults.

  • Waveney Surf Lifesaving Club - Donation will be used to run water safety education sessions with a range of equipment.

  • Lowestoft Foodbank - Donation will be used to purchase food to feed those in need especially during winter months.

  • Suffolk Artlink - Donation will be used to help deliver an intergenerational arts project ‘Letters from…’

  • Allsorts Support Services – Donation will be used for new sensory equipment for the Hub. 

  • Lowestoft Lions (Organiser)

  • Lowestoft Lifeguard Volunteer Corp (Organiser)

  • St John Ambulance (local branch) (Organiser)

  • Changing Lives Scheme (SLT split representative)- has been developed to support someone who has extraordinary health issues/conditions/ailments that pose serious risk to their health and wellbeing, but can be improved through our additional support. The scheme is a sponsored intervention, including a bespoke package to suit each individual need to improve the quality of life. The scheme will be undertaken to further support the client through to achieving their goal in health & wellbeing. The MAKING MEMORIES scheme has been developed to create bespoke packages, giving local people access to our facilities and services. Enabling positive and lasting memories, supporting people and families affected by terminal illnesses and or serious mental / physical impairments. 

  • The Brian Gallagher Football Fund (SLT split representative) - was set up not only to recognise the work Brian did with Grassroots Football, but also to support organisations in Lowestoft who work with children below the age of 16.  The funding applications must show how the funding will assist in the provision of grassroots football in the interests of social welfare for recreation or other leisure time occupation of individuals who have need of such facilities by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social circumstances with the object of improving their condition of life.

On the day registration will open from 9:00am IN THE MARQUEE with the swim starting at 10am sharp !!! We are urging all "monies" to be donated online using the donation button at the bottom of the page. Please make reference to "Xmas Day Swim - Swimmers name". Cheaques can be made payable to "Sentinel Leisure Trust".

If you would like to participate as a swimmer please complete the electronic form below in the next few days:


Make A Donation

Not taking part in the Christmas Day Swim? Do you have friends and family braving the Swim? Want to make a donation to the Christmas Day Swim? Here is where you can do just that. 100% of all donations will go to the chosen beneficiaries. The beneficiaries for this year’s swim will be released soon so watch this space. 

Local organisations and charities that will benefit from your sponsorships this year are listed in the swimmer registration section.

Donate Here !

2019 Christmas Day Swim Charity Application


We are looking for worthwhile LOCAL charities to be the beneficiaries of the donated sponsorships raised. If you would like to be considered please complete the attached application giving as much information as possible to help your cause. Charities must be local to Lowestoft/Waveney and serve the local community.


All applications will be acknowledged and considered by a panel of independent volunteers.   If your charity is successful in its application you will be notified accordingly.

By completing the form, I certify that all information provided as part of this application is true & correct to the best of my knowledge.

HEAD OFFICE CALL 01502 532541, Charity Number 1147896