The first St Albans’ Polar Bear Plunge took place in 2016. The funds raised went to the charities Ed2NorthPole was supporting on his epic trek to the North Pole.
As the adventurous people of St Albans and beyond seemed to love donning fancy dress and jumping into icy water for charity as a bracing start to their New Year, the event has returned every New Year’s Day since. The St Albans Sub Aqua Club has generously continued to donate their facilities. So far the event has raised over £25,000 for charitable causes.
In 2018, yarnbombers joined the Polar Bear Plunge crew to bring more colour to the post boxes of St Albans and to raise more money for charities. They are set to return in 2020! For further details, watch this space.
With much-loved local charity Earthworks St Albans now taking over from Clare and Ed Suttie in organising the event, the Polar Bear Plunge will live on!
All profits continue to go to charity. As host charity, Earthworks receives 70%, and our guest charity receives 30% of proceeds.
In line with current social distancing restrictions, we are planning a Plunge with a difference for 2021! We can’t wait!