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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Record-breaking Santa Scuba attempt in Chepstow

MORE than 100 scuba divers dressed in Santa costumes will hold a world record-breaking attempt to gather as many ‘Scuba Santa’s for a charity dive near Chepstow. The annual World Record Scuba Santa’s event, now in its seventh year, takes place at the National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC) at Tidenham on Sunday. Organised by Lloyd Watkin, it aims to gather as many Scuba Santas together as possible, to try and break their previous world record of 158 divers dressed as Santa. Since 2007 the event has raised over £20,000 for the RNLI and will this year also help DDRC Healthcare, a hyperbaric medical facility and specialists in diving health. A raffle will also be held with prizes that include a dive holiday for six to the Costa Brava in Spain worth £1,800. For details about the challenge or to register visit www.scuba-santas.co.uk The event takes place at 11am on December 15.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Dive firm gets festive for hospice

SANTA will be diving into the cold this Christmas – to raise money for charity. Divers from Solihull scuba centre ScoobaBoosta will be donning Santa suits for a special sponsored dip on December 27th – all in aid of The Myton Hospices. And they won’t be in the comfort of a heated pool – they’ll be plunging into the open water at Stoney Cove, a quarry-turned inland dive site over in Leicestershire. Temperatures in the water will be as low as six degrees – and it’s unlikely to be any warmer on the surface. Centre Manager Lee Jordan said: “This won’t be the first time we’ve headed to Stoney Cove for a post-Christmas dive, but it’s certainly the first time we’re attempting it dressed as Santa. “We already have a determined team together, undeterred by the cold and keen to raise money for such a worthwhile local cause." Anita Burrows, who is one of Myton’s Community Fundraisers, added: “We are thrilled that the ScoobaBoosta team are taking part in this Santa Challenge to raise money for Myton and we think it is a fun and fantastic idea - we hope they don’t get too chilly.” Divers are still welcome to join the Santa challenge – contact ScoobaBoosta on 01926 411946 for more information. To sponsor the team, drop into the dive centre at Broxell Close, Warwick, or head to www.mytonhospice.org/fundraising/your_fundraising_pages_all/Scoobaboosta