International Women’s Day Cold Water Dip for Refuge

Will you do a cold water dip this International Women's Day? You could change a life! Take up the challenge and raise vital life saving funds for women and their children experiencing domestic abuse.

International Women’s Day Cold Water Dip for Refuge

We cannot wait to mark International Women’s Day with you by doing a cold water dip!

Date: 08 March 2024

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Download and share these images to your fundraising page or social media account to promote your challenge and boost your fundraising!

We want everyone taking part in this challenge to be safe doing so. Please ensure to stay safe while participating in the Cold Water Dip by following advice in your local area on safe swimming locations and seeking professional medical advice if necessary. You are taking part in this challenge at your own risk so please assess your ability and safety to participate. You can find further cold water swimming advice here and here. 

Below are some frequently asked questions about the challenge.

Signing up to the event

Firstly, make sure you have joined the Facebook group. Click ‘Join Group’. Once you’re in, you can get your pack, including a Refuge woolly hat, get tips, be inspired and find out anything you want to know about the challenge!

You can  order your free Refuge woolly hat here. Please allow up to 10 working days for your hat to arrive, from the date you register. Download your fundraising pack here.

Yes, this event is a fundraising challenge. Every pound you raise will help Refuge continue to support many thousands of women and their children on any given day. Just £15 could provide a woman arriving at a refuge with the essentials she needs for her first night. Every pound helps!

Here are 3 tips for your fundraising: 

  1. Make a personal donation to your page. This will show your friends and family that you are committed to the challenge and fundraising for Refuge 
  2. Share your page around payday when people are feeling generous 
  3. Make it fun – you could organise a sweepstake asking supporters to guess the temperature of the water on the day of the challenge and donate to your page. You could find a prize for the closest guess (even if it is just a shout out on your page). 

Once you have set up your fundraising page, start sharing it on your social media channels. Make sure you add a picture to your fundraising page and explain why you are taking part in this event for Refuge. All the money raised on your page will go directly to Refuge so you do not have to worry about that.

Yes! We also have the option of a JustGiving fundraising page. You can create your page here. 

There is no set fundraising target for this challenge. We just ask that you raise as much as you can. You could aim for £52 which could provide a mother and her children a safe night’s stay in a refuge. Or increase your target to £200 which could buy a school uniform for a child in one of our refuges for their year at school.

All funds donated to your fundraising page go to Refuge. The money raised from this event will help Refuge support many thousands of women and their children on any given day. Domestic abuse should not be tolerated and your fundraising will help Refuge provide specialist services and campaign for change.

You can donate directly to the Cold Water Dip JustGiving campaign here. If you have collected the money from others, please ensure you do not tick the Gift Aid box. 

Fundraising

Yes, this event is a fundraising challenge. Every pound you raise will help Refuge continue to support many thousands of women and their children on any given day. Just £15 could provide a woman arriving at a refuge with the essentials she needs for her first night. Every pound helps!

We’ve set your fundraising page up for you.

Here are 3 tips for your fundraising:

  1. Make a personal donation to your page. This will show your friends and family that you are committed to the challenge and fundraising for Refuge
  2. Share your page around payday when people are feeling generous
  3. Make it fun – you could organise a sweepstake asking supporters to guess the total number of steps you will complete during the challenge and donate to your page. You could find a prize for the closest guess (even if it is just a shout out on your page).

Once you have set up your fundraising page, start sharing it on your social media channels. Make sure you add a picture to your fundraising page and explain why you are taking part in this event for Refuge. All the money raised on your page will go directly to Refuge so you do not have to worry about that.

Yes! We also have Just Giving fundraisers. You can create a page on the Just Giving website, then share the link with chosen family and friends only.

There is no set fundraising target for this challenge. We just ask that you raise as much as you can. You could aim for £52 which could provide a mother and her children a safe night’s stay in a refuge. Or increase your target to £200 which could buy a school uniform for a child in one of our refuges for their year at school.

All funds donated to your fundraising page go to Refuge. The money raised from this event will help Refuge support many thousands of women and their children on any given day. Domestic abuse should not be tolerated and your fundraising will help Refuge provide specialist services and campaign for change.

You can donate directly to the cold water dip Just Giving campaign. If you have collected the money, please ensure you do not tick the Gift Aid box.

Taking part in the challenge

International Women’s Day in on 8th March but if you can’t make a splash on that day it’s ok to choose another date that works better for you. 

You don’t need to prove that you have done the challenge. It is a community coming together, not a competition. All we ask is that you have fun, stay safe and fundraise for Refuge!

Yes! Please check our safety tips here.

Yes! The more the merrier! Everyone can order a woolly hat here.