Guernsey Press

First day of Les Bourgs’ 12 Bays of Christmas

TODAY is the first day of Les Bourgs Hospice’s 12 Bays of Christmas fundraising initiative.

Les Bourgs Hospice 12 Bays of Christmas fundraiser launches today. Pictured at Rousse Pier are, back row, left to right, Kerry Marley, Dawn Sealey and fundraising administrator Liz Stonebridge. Front row: Jude Marley, 9, and Jack Sealey, 10. (Picture by Luke Le Prevost, 32759782)

The hospice is hoping to see an increase in the number of sea swimmers signing up for the fundraiser.

‘We know that Christmas is a busy time of year and it is all too easy to get caught up in thinking that we just don’t have enough time,’ said hospice fundraising administrator Liz Stonebridge.

‘All it takes is a quick dip to reap the benefits of cold water immersion, get recharged and have the feel good factor from doing your bit for charity.

'The event has been designed to be achievable by ticking swims off on weekends and bank holidays so by getting a group of friends or family together it becomes a great way of catching up with people too.’

The event was inspired by an idea from the Marley and Sealey families, who are all keen sea swimmers. The challenge encourages swimmers to swim in 12 of Guernsey’s bays during the month of December. The bays all have festive themed names this year such as Bordeaux-ho-ho.

The campaign’s bays are sheltered, allowing swimmers to swim in most weather. Swimmers will receive safety information. To help with the loss of body heat, each swimmer can purchase a woollen bobble hat.

There will be a ‘12 Bays Day’ tomorrow from 10am to 2.30pm at the Bathing Pools, where swimmers can drop-in for a swim and free drink and a mini mince pie.

  • People can register up until the end of December at or in person at tomorrow’s event.

  • Registration costs £15 for adults and £5 for under 18s.