Take the plunge this winter for Crisis

National homelessness charity Crisis’s annual Midwinter Swim has expanded into a series – with three outdoor pools in London to choose from this winter.

Fundraisers can choose to make a splash at Brockwell Lido, Tooting Bec Lido and the recently opened King’s Cross Pond Club, each offering a different swimming experience:

  • Saturday 5 December, midday – 100 swimmers will take to the UK’s first ever man-made freshwater bathing pond, situated bewhind King’s Cross station.
  • Saturday 12 December, midday – Hundreds of swimmers in fancy dress will jump into Brixton’s beautiful but unheated Brockwell Lido.
  • Saturday 23 January, 11am – Relay teams and solo swimmers will race to end homelessness at Tooting Bec Lido, the country’s largest fresh water, unheated lido. The Tooting swim will be launched by film star and cold water swimmer Jason Flemyng, who has appeared in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, Rob Roy, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

“The situation for homeless people in London is becoming increasingly desperate, with thousands facing the misery and isolation of life on the streets this winter,” says Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis. “By taking part in the Crisis Midwinter Swim, Londoners can help us bring someone who is homeless in from the cold and support our year-round services that help people leave homelessness behind for good.” 
The registration fee of £22.29 will contribute towards the cost of reserving a place for a homeless person at Crisis at Christmas, with fundraising also supporting Crisis’ year-round services for homeless people.
All participants will receive a Crisis swimming cap and be able to enjoy a warming drink after their swim.
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