Fears that Moray’s Boxing Day dip could be the last

Boxing Day swim – danger of 2015 being the last.

AN ANNUAL CHARITY event that has brought thousands of pounds for local groups may end this year unless organisational support is found.

The Boxing Day swim at Burghead has grown in popularity since it began 30 years ago as a means of having fun over the Christmas holiday – and at the same time raising funds for local groups.

However, organisers are warning that unless they can find someone to take the helm in organising the event by the end of this week, the 2015 ‘leap of faith’ into Burghead Harbour could be the last.

Committee member Helen McLeod expressed her fears over the future of the swim when she issued an appeal for a new event chairman last night: “We agreed in a meeting last week that unless we find a new chairman by the end of this week, this will have to be the last swim.

“Things are different now from when we started 30 years ago – if we don’t get somebody new then we cannot carry on.”

While fearing that it could well be the last time the swim is held, Helen said that the committee were determined that if that is the case they should go out with a bang, Helen adding: “We want a really good turnout and to encourage as many people as possible to get involved.”

Over the years the swim grew in popularity to the point two years ago when it raised over £35,000 for local groups. However, last year was a disappointing one with far fewer swimmers leading to a much smaller £13,000 being raised.

Anyone wishing to take the dip either as individuals or in teams will find entry forms on the Boxing Day Swim website.