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Join Crisis For Their Annual Cold Water Swimming Event

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Crisis, the national charity for people experiencing homelessness,  is calling for  hundreds of  brave  swimmers  to  take on their Icebreaker challenge this new year and take a winter dip in  the cold waters of Bicester to raise money for people experiencing homelessness.

The annual Icebreaker challenge will be taking place from 12pm until 2pm at the scenic outdoor lake at Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa on Sunday 4th February. Participants can either join the event solo and swim a width of the pool, or team up with friends and race in the relay. Set your own challenge and most importantly have fun! Fundraising and fancy dress is encouraged but not mandatory.

For free registration just use code ‘CRISIS’ at checkout.

Kate Cocker, Director of Crisis Skylight Oxford, said: “This year, many families and individuals across Britain will experience the worst forms of homelessness, including sleeping on the streets, spending night after night on friends and families' sofas or being stuck in crowded B&Bs and hostels. Others will be worrying about how they’re going to pay their rent as rising financial pressures push more and more to the brink.  

“But it doesn’t have to be this way. Crisis and our Skylight centre in Oxford is here all year round to support people to rebuild their lives away from homelessness, through helping people to find their own stable home as well as access to wellbeing and learning opportunities. Whether you decide to take the icy plunge alone or make a splash with your friends with our Icebreaker challenge, you can help someone begin their journey out of homelessness this winter.”

As well as helping to raise vital funds for Crisis, Icebreaker participants can also benefit from cold water swimming, with evidence suggesting it can help with mental and physical health. Many people have found that it can also aid their bodies to deal with stress, while endorphins leave them with a post swim high.

For more information and to register for a place, visit


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