February 1, 2021

January Update: littlelifts’ Big Dip raises £10k!

Hello Everyone,

I trust that this finds you well, safe and looking forward to Spring? Or at least getting by in whatever you are doing…

We just wanted to say a BIG thank you to our littlelifts community for all their wonderful support this winter. As some of you may have spotted from social media, myself and many others, have been braving the January waters for our wild swimming fundraiser, and oh boy, it has been exhilarating.

From wheelie bins, outdoor baths and paddling pools, to the North Sea, rivers and lakes, our awesome community has been taking to the icy waters in whatever way they can to raise funds for us here at littlelifts. The Big Dip Challenge, which has now come to a close, has raised a staggering £10k for vulnerable women with breast cancer in the region. This is amazing!

Since the pandemic hit we have been working hard to keep funds afloat and find ways to boost our community while raising money to keep our services going and this latest fundraiser has given us more than a little lift – thank you.

On a personal level, I’ve been absolutely delighted to have witnessed camaraderie and such generous spirit this time of year and in the midst of a pandemic. We really have been blown away by the support and enthusiasm our wild swimmers have dedicated to this challenge. ITV even picked up on the incredible efforts of the dippers.

I’ve been out swimming myself this month and I have noticed what an invigorating and positive impact it’s had on my wellbeing, and I’m certain that our incredible fundraisers have also felt the benefits.

The lovely Kirsty Turner from Norfolk has raised in the region of £1,500 for The Big Dip Challenge. A year ago Kirsty was half way through her chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. She received a littlelifts box at the start of her treatment.

She told us: “Receiving my box was like a bright jewel in this otherwise very bizarre time. The box was filled with useful things and little luxuries but most importantly was a reminder that I wasn’t alone on this journey. To say thank you, my goal this January was to try and complete 15 sea swims, which I’ve already smashed. Now, I’m aiming to do one for every day of January. I’ve done 27 so far! The weather hasn’t always been on our side so I’ve also swum in rivers and even in the kids pool in the back garden. It’s been great fun.”

She added: “I get such a buzz out of the cold water, it’s so intense, you’re really ‘in the moment’ and I think of nothing else when I’m there, and the zing you get afterwards lasts all day. I get a great sense of personal achievement from doing something so seemingly nuts in inclement weather and dark seas (whilst being very careful).”

So thank you to everyone who donated, participated, or held out a warm towel or blanket for their loved ones who took part. We couldn’t have done it without you.

For those wanting something slightly less exhilarating yet equally as active, you’ll be pleased to know that we’ve extended the registration for our other fundraiser: littlelifts’ Big 30 – Let’s get moving!

For this challenge, we’re encouraging people to do 30 minutes of exercise every day for 30 days. Whether it’s walking around the block, going for a run, star jumps while watching TV or doing steps on the stairs – as long as you’re moving for 30 minutes, it counts.

Participants will receive their own littlelifts Big 30 calendar in the post to record their activities (UK only) and they can choose the day they start the 30 day challenge. £10 for adults, 16 & under £5 – sign up fee includes calendar to track daily 30 min activities. Participants can register up until 28 February 2021.

Take care for now and stay safe.

Love Oa x

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