GAFIRS New Year’s Day Swim 2020
Swimmers and spectators raised money to support the lifeboat station, which costs around £100,000 a year to run. Swimmers were also collecting funds for 20 other charities. Jake Robinson, community director of Gafirs, said:
‘We’ve had over 700 swimmers which is by far the biggest turnout we’ve had for the event and possibly the biggest New Year’s Day swim in the country.
‘We are astounded by how many people turned up, which is 200 more than usual. The mild weather may have encouraged more swimmers to take part. But it was actually four degrees warmer in the sea than out. We are grateful for all the support we have from the community. Last year we had 81 call-outs and even this morning we had an SOS in the Solent, though nothing was found.’
Mayor of Gosport Kathleen Jones said: ‘It is an amazing turnout with 3,500 spectators and 700 swimmers. Thank you everyone for your support.’