Saundersfoot Beach was the place to be to welcome the New Year in in style. 1856 swimmers and thousands of spectators braved the chilly breeze for the 33rd annual Saundersfoot New Year’s Day Swim in Pembrokeshire.The charitable event just gets bigger and better – and as the gathered masses prepared for the big event they were entertained with the ‘Cold Cup’ - a fancy dress horse race over obstacles with local pub teams battling it out to lift the coveted trophy. The festivities continued with a mass participation ‘Mannequin Challenge’ captured by the drone camera of Skycam Wales Ltd. To warm-up prior to the event the assembled swimmers took part in a mass dance warm-up before Carmarthen West & South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart officially started the event. The swimmers were sent down the sands by a firework launch courtesy of Westcoast Fireworks.


The swimmers did not disappoint on the fancy dress front. Highlights included a team of warriors that arrived on the beach inside a giant wooden Trojan Horse and the local school kitted out as Willy Wonka and his Oompa Loompahs.

Saundersfoot Festivities Chairman Martyn Williams said, "The village and wider community has done us proud again. We could not have conceived 33 years ago we would be here now hosting such a major event. Our driving force as always is the huge number of fantastic causes that benefit. Thirty-three years on and this event is getting bigger and better with thousands of pounds being raised for charity. The people from Saundersfoot, the surrounding areas and even farther a field have come out in force to support this marvellous event despite the weather".


Fancy Dress Results:


Group:


1st Place – ‘Malin of Troy’ – Friends of Malin House Hotel. Collecting for The Red Lipstick Foundation.

2nd Place – ‘No Wall Donald Trump’ – Stepaside Coachworks. Collecting for Diabetes UK.

3rd Place – ‘Charlie & The Chocolate Factory’ – Staff & Pupils of Saundersfoot School.


Individual:


1st Place – ‘Planticus Erecticus’ – Mick Booth. Collecting for Hollybush Allotment.

2nd Place – ‘Slash’ - Nigel Williams from Pontypridd. Collecting for ‘Samcan’

3rd Place – ‘Cousin It’ – Ponty. Collecting for Rory.


2017 Swim Sponsors: Powells Cottage Holidays, N.D. Toy & Partners Ltd “Your Financial Solutions Partner”, Scaffold 2000, Sunnyvale Holiday Park, Tees R Us, Tojaz of Saundersfoot, Princes Gate Spring Water, Elston Construction, Folly Farm, Edwards Coaches, Sue’s Pantry, Saundersfoot Pleasure Boats, 1 Formula Fitness, Tenby Glass, Synter BMW, Lewis, Lewis & Co Ltd, Neil Finlay Cars and Pembrokeshire Tyres.


Pictures courtesy of gareth davies photopraphy tenby

Many thanks to skycam wales who filmed the swim for the first time this year to give us all a new perspective on the event. The photos below and the video links are provided courtesy of skycam wales www.facebook.com/Skycamwales/ and @skycamwales on Twitter. Just click on the video pictures to watch the amazing footage.



2017 NYDS raises over £43,000


The Presentation Evening for the 2017 Saundersfoot New Year’s Day Swim was held at the St Brides Spa Hotel on Thursday,5th May. Saundersfoot Festivities thanked all swimmers, sponsors, commercial sponsors and helpers for contributing to the magnificent £43,400 raised by the Swim. The money raised by the swimmers benefited over 56 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 Wales Air Ambulance, Cancer Research, HOPE, Breast Cancer Care, Fishermen’s Mission, Teejay (Black Mountain Chapter Wales) and the Dai Rees Foundation. Narberth RFC Under 12’s were presented with a cheque for £900. The highest cheque of £2,300 was presented to MacMillan.


Main guests at the Presentation were Nicola Hirst and Martin Wickham (Powell’s Cottage Holidays – Main Sponsor), Dennis Evans (Mayor of Pembroke) and Mayoress Rita Evans, Simon Hart MP & Sue Boughton-Thomas (Chair, Community Council). The guests helped to present the numerous certificates, awards and cheques.


Winner of the Betty Duncan Cup for the highest sponsored swimmer was Dennis Evans who raised a fantastic £1,250.

Best group fancy dress winners were The Malin House Hotel for their tremendous Trojan horse. Mick Booth won the Best Individual fancy dress and the Mulberry Restaurant were presented with The Cold Cup for their winning efforts in the very entertaining fancy dress horse race.


During the presentation Martyn Williams took time to thank everybody who was involved in making the 33rd 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 33 year history of this event, it has raised over £500,000


Plans are well under way for the 2018 NYDS.








































































































For further information about the 2018 swim please keep an eye out on the swim website www.saundersfootnyds.co.uk or


follow Charlie Shivers on Facebook and Twitter.


2017 Swim Sponsors: Powells Cottage Holidays, N.D. Toy & Partners Ltd “Your Financial Solutions Partner”, Scaffold 2000, Sunnyvale Holiday Park, Tees R Us, Tojaz of Saundersfoot, Princes Gate Spring Water, Elston Construction, Folly Farm, Edwards Coaches, Sue’s Pantry, Saundersfoot Pleasure Boats, 1 Formula Fitness, Tenby Glass, Synter BMW, Lewis, Lewis & Co Ltd, Neil Finlay Cars and Pembrokeshire Tyres.


Kath Taylor, from Hereford has raised thousands of pounds for Breast Cancer Care and is a regular at NYDS


Narberth Under 12’s made their debut at NYDS 2017 and raised a fantastic £900. Pictured are coaches and the players.

Brian Twose raised money for Air Ambulance Wales is pictured with Martyn Williams. Also pictured is Brian’s daughter, Becky and Connor MacGarvie who also did NYDS 2017.

Mayor of Pembroke Dennis Evans pictured with Charlie Shivers is presented with a cheque for MacMillan. Also pictured is his wife Rita Evans.


Members of Black Mountains Chapter Wales who were raising money for Teejay who is a young man from Swansea with severe physical difficulties.

Marja and her daughter Lowri Cross receiving a cheque for Fishermen’s Mission from Martyn Williams.


Rhian and her son Finley Bruce who were part of the Grove School team on NYDS 2017.


Chris Williams BEM is seen presenting a cheque to Tenby Fire Brigade for their help on New Year’s Day.


Simon Hart MP is seen with the organisers of NYDS unveiling the amount of money raised by NYDS 2017 and how many charitable and worthwhile causes benefited.

Martyn Williams and Charlie Shivers pictured with Martin Wickham and Nicola Hirst from Powells Cottage Holidays (main Sponsors of NYDS)


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