Try our Cold Water Challenge!

From a cold shower a day to a swim in a lake! It's your challenge - your choice!

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About this Challenge

Take a cold dip a day throughout the month of December to raise money for Lancashire Women! These dips can be as big as you want to go with them, whether you simply end your morning shower with 30 seconds of cold spray or a full out dip in an ice bath – it's up to you!

Please make sure to always be safe when doing your cold dip and make sure to read through our safety guidelines outlined in your event pack on best practice for your challenge.

End your challenge with a splash!

Date: Sunday 14th January

Location: Marles Wood, Salesbury Hall Rd, Blackburn BB6 8AL

Start time: 10:00am

What you'll get

  • Electronic event pack with all the tips and safety information you need to get started
  • Support from our dedicated fundraising team
  • Lancashire Women branded beanie when you raise £80

Your impact

  • £3 would cover resources for a confidence cafe session in one of our centres.
  • £5 would go towards helping a woman find the right training to build her skills.
  • £10 would help us answer a call from a woman worried about money issues.
  • £20 would help provide a caseworker for a woman to create a personal
    action plan and support her from CV writing to interview prep.


What safety precautions should I take?

Never cold dip alone, always make sure you have someone with you. Don’t push yourself too hard, too soon – make sure to slowly build up your cold dips. Get warm and dry fast afterwards, especially if you’re dipping outdoors. Please make sure to read through our Safety Precautions page for further advice on how to keep safe.

Who can take part?

Anyone over the age of 18.

If you have underlying health conditions (i.e. heart disease, asthma, lung conditions) or any other medical conditions that might be affected by exposure to cold water, or if you are pregnant, then please seek appropriate medical advice before proceeding.

How do I fundraise?

For online donations we recommend setting up a Just Giving page which is quick and easy to do! Just follow this link to get started. Make sure to do regular updates throughout the month to document your progress and keep the donations coming in. We have also got a sponsorship form attached at the end of this pack if you would prefer to collect cash sponsorships.

Fundraising Tip: do weekly updates and show your progress e.g. adding time on to your at home training each week. Keep sharing your Just Giving page to keep supporters engaged.

Do I need to prove that I completed the challenge?

We trust our participants to complete the challenge month to the best of their abilities, but we recommend regular updates on social media or Just Giving to get the most sponsorships possible.

Can I take part in a group?

Yes – the more the merrier! We would love groups to get involved and keep each other on track for the New Year.

Can I do cold water/outdoor swimming as part of the challenge?

We do not recommend outdoor swimming, unless under supervision by trained staff. We recommend these alternatives instead: If you do decide to swim outdoors at your own risk never swim alone and find a local outdoor swimming group to join.

Ice bath

Cold shower

Swimming in a lido

Ice bucket

Plunge pool at a leisure centre