The Broadstairs New Year’s Day dip returns

Broadstairs New Year's dip Photo Dean Spinks

After a quiet couple of years due to the pandemic, the Broadstairs New Year’s Day dip in aid of Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF) will be back in force on January 1.

Organisers Jill and Kenny Connell say they are expecting more than 100 hardy swimmers to take the plunge.

Jill said: “The event has become a Broadstairs tradition for over 20 years no. We’ve really missed the fun over the past two years. More importantly, the charity relies on voluntary donations and needs us more than ever, so we are really hoping for a good turnout this year.”

Swimmers will be invited to meet at The George Inn, Broadstairs by 11.30am ready for the plunge at Viking Bay at noon.

Broadstairs Photo Carole Adams

Participants can donate in advance at justgiving page – Jill Connell is fundraising for Children’s Liver Disease Foundation; call into The George Inn for a sponsorship form or simply make a £10 donation on the day. All those taking part will be welcomed back to The George afterwards for some warming curry.
Jill said: “It’s a wonderful way to start the New Year for a fantastic cause. Anyone who doesn’t feel brave enough to take the plunge but would like to watch and help us with our fundraising is more than welcome too!”

Broadstairs Frank Leppard

Rebecca Cooper, Chief Executive of CLDF, added: “We are the only UK charity dedicated to fighting all forms of childhood liver disease and the past few years have been very tough.

“We are delighted to see the return of the Broadstairs New Year’s Day dip, a wonderful tradition which has raised over £61,000 over the years – a tremendous amount for a small charity like ours. Good luck to everyone who is braving the chilly waters for us that day!”

For further information or to volunteer on the day contact Kenny Connell on 0750 5094631

For more information on CLDF visit

To donate –…/jill-connell-1671537460553…

1 Comment

  1. it will make a pleasant change seeing people leaving from our beaches , and of course putting something back in society

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