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Dip for Diabetes makes a splash at Castlerock Beach

Image of Naomi and the Coleraine Support Group with the total of £6,156

The highly anticipated annual Dip for Diabetes welcomed crowds of participants and supporters to Castlerock beach on New Year’s Day. Now in its third year, the event organised by the Coleraine Diabetes UK Northern Ireland Support Group raised a fantastic £6,156 for us.

Drone image of the New Year's Dip at Coleraine

Despite the chilly sea temperatures, hundreds of avid sea swimmers braved the waters in support of a great cause that offers resources and guidance to the 112,000 people living with diabetes in Northern Ireland. Funds raised will support diabetes research projects based in Northern Ireland.

Coleraine Diabetes UK Northern Ireland Support Group Secretary, Alastair Smith, said:

“Once again, this event has reminded us of what an amazing and supportive community we have – we count ourselves very lucky. Through their generosity, we have been able to raise an incredible amount to support people living with diabetes.

“We would like to thank each and every person who participated on the day, whether that was joining us in the water, cheering us all on from the shore, or making sure much-needed warm brews and blankets were on hand afterward. We would also like to offer special thanks to the Portrush Sea Cadets and St John’s Ambulance for all their help in co-ordinating the event and ensuring we enjoyed it safely. We’re already looking forward to next year’s dip!” 

Naomi Breen, Diabetes UK Northern Ireland Fundraising Manager, said:

“We are absolutely delighted for the Coleraine Support Group in organising such a wonderful, fun-filled event for the local community. We have loved watching this event grow from strength to strength each year and really commend the group for all their hard work and support. It’s heartening to see such strong community support for such an important cause.” 

The Coleraine Diabetes UK Northern Ireland Support Group is open to all those in the area affected by diabetes, whether living with the condition themselves or living with someone who has it. They meet monthly at Coleraine Baptist Church Hall, Abbey Street (or via Zoom) and can be contacted at 07533 722781 or for further information.

Images from the New Year's Dip at Castlerock Beach
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