Polar Plunge for Special Olympics GB to take place at the Olympic Park

Special Olympics Great Britain is inviting people to take the Polar Plunge in 20,000 litres of freezing ice-filled water to raise money for the vital work of Special Olympics GB.

Already a stateside sensation, the flagship Great Britain Polar Plunge will take place in a specially constructed arctic open-air pool at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday 7 February 2015. Special Olympics Great Britain are hoping to recruit thousands of potential plungers to don fancy dress and take on the challenge.
Mini-plungers can also join in the fun with an indoor paddling pool open to under-12s, and spectators and supporters will be able to enjoy live entertainment and musical performances on site from 10am to 3pm.
The Polar Plunge ‘Hot Spot’, with outdoor heaters, blankets and hot drinks, will also be open to visitors and plungers alike to enjoy throughout the day.
Special Olympics GB offers inclusive sports training and competition for more than 8,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities via almost 150 volunteer-led local clubs. The money raised will support these clubs to nurture talent and transform the lives of their athletes.
Entry costs £20 for adults, £16 for students, £10 for children over 12 and £5 for under-12s. The charity is encouraging plungers to set themselves a fundraising target of £50 each to help raise money to support Special Olympics athletes.
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