MORE than 1,800 women stripped off on a Wicklow beach recently recently to help the fight against cancer. The mass skinny dip included women all of ages – from teenagers to pensioners – for the Strip and Dip charity swim.
Participants stripped down and stormed the secluded Magheramore Beach which is between Silver Strand and Brittas Bay as cancer survivors stood with women still battling the disease, while sisters, cousins, friends and work colleagues also joined in. Now in its seventh year, the charity has raised more than €700,000 in total.
Jackie Kavanagh, who is battling cancer, left her hospital bed morning to take part in the mass skinny dip. “I was admitted to hospital yesterday and have to go for an operation next week,” she said. “I got out today as the girls had it planned, as it’s a great cause.
we’re all here to raise awareness of the disease and show that everyone is different
“A friend of ours has also been diagnosed with cancer so we’re all here to raise awareness of the disease and show that everyone is different. I’ve scars, I was opened up back and front.”
Niamh Brennan, from Dunboyne in Co Meath, was joined by her sisters and friends.
Her mother Kathleen died in 2010, years after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
“My mam had ovarian cancer for seven years. She ended up with bowel cancer and she had enough and said goodbye,” Ms Brennan said.
“We decided to do this as it’s a great way of celebrating her life. It’s a great day out for all the girls.”