Despite the wild water and gales, 1587 swimmers and thousands of spectators welcomed in the New Year at the annual Saundersfoot New Year’s Day Swim in Pembrokeshire.
The charitable event just gets bigger and better – and in its 32nd year, the hundreds of swimmers pulled out all the stops embracing the event in some really sensational fancy dress. Highlights included a large scale Star Wars Millennium Falcon with all the characters, Mrs Brown’s boys and Saundersfoot School as ‘Millions of Minions’.
The swimmers were sent on their way by a firework launch courtesy of Westcoast Fireworks.
Saundersfoot Festivities Chairman Martyn Williams said, "We never thought that 32 years ago we would be here now with such a major event in the local calendar. Again we have exceeded expectations. Thirty-
A huge thank you to all the emergency services for their help and support, especially Tenby Surf Lifesaving Club and HM Coastguard who braved the icy waters to ensure the swimmers were safe.
1st Place: 'Snow White', Jenna Moreton from Blackwood, collecting for Cancer Support Gwent.
2nd Place: 'Air Ambulance Angel', Liz Farmer from Narberth, collecting for Wales Air Ambulance -
3rd Place: 'Pirate', Wayne Dunmall from Pembroke , collecting for Alzheimers Society.
1st Place: 'Swim Wars and the Millennium Falcon' entered by Malin House Hotel, Saundersfoot, collecting for Saundersfoot Football Club.
2nd Place: 'Millions of Minions', entered by over 80 pupils, teachers and parents from Saundersfoot School, collecting to raise school funds.
Joint 3rd Place: 'John’s Angels', entered by friends and family of John Lewis from Saundersfoot, collecting for Bloodwise and 'Harry’s Sunflowers', entered by friends and family in memory of Harry Chapman from Pembroke, collecting for Martlets Hospice, Hove.
2016 NYDS raises over £47,000
The Presentation Evening for the 2016 Saundersfoot New Year’s Day Swim was held at the St Brides Spa Hotel on Thursday, 28th April. Saundersfoot Festivities thanked all swimmers, sponsors, commercial sponsors and helpers for contributing to the magnificent £47,530 raised by the Swim. The money raised by the swimmers benefited over 61 charitable and worthy causes. The generosity of the commercial sponsors ensured that every penny raised was donated to charity.
Among the recipients were a number of charities that received at least £1000. They included the Macmillan, HOPE, Breast Cancer Care, Trallwm Animal Sanctuary and Daniel Bridle Bone Cancer Care. The highest cheque of £7,100 was presented to Martlett’s Hospice.
Main guests at the Presentation were Nicola Hirst and Sarah Hoss (Powell’s Cottage Holidays – Main Sponsor). The guests helped to present the numerous certificates, awards and cheques.
Winner of the Betty Duncan Cup for the highest sponsored swimmer was Monica Vanner who with his team raised a fantastic £2,000.
Best group fancy dress winners were The Malin House Hotel for their tremendous Star Wars characters and Millennium Falcon.
During the presentation Martyn Williams took time to thank everybody who was involved in making the 32nd swim the event that it was, namely all the emergency services, safety personnel, stewards, bucket collectors and sponsors.
Saundersfoot Festivities would like to thank St Brides Spa Hotel for their hospitality and continued support.
In the 32 year history of this event, it has raised over £500,000
Plans are well under way for the 2017 NYDS.