More than 2,500 women entered the record books on Saturday, raising hundreds of thousands of euro in the process for a children’s cancer charity, when they stripped off at a secluded Wicklow beach to take part in the largest-ever skinny dip.
A Guinness adjudicator, who flew in to monitor the event, confirmed that 2,505 naked women spent at least five minutes in the sea to smash the record, which had been set in 2015 in Perth, Australia, when 786 people took part in a nude dip.
The Strip and Dip event has been an annual charity fixture since it was started by Dublin cancer survivor Deirdre Featherstone in 2013, just weeks after her own mastectomy.
This year’s event, in terms of scale, number of participants, and the amount donated, caught the public’s imagination like never before.
€250,000 has already been raised for children’s cancer charity Aoibheann’s Pink Tie, with over €20,000 of that donated in just one hour on Saturday morning.
Jubilant organisers have now raised their fundraising target to €400,000, which would enable the charity to realise its dream of being able to provide permanent accommodation for families of children with cancer visiting the capital.
Jimmy Norman, founder of Aoibheann’s Pink Tie, said: “This is probably the greatest day in the history of our charity. We’ve never raised so much money for a single event, and it has really exceeded all our expectations.”