Hundreds of Falmouth residents take the Chilly Chilli Dip for Ukraine

Jory Mundy

Gyllyngvase Beach became packed on Sunday morning as an estimated 200 residents gathered for a charity dip in support of Ukraine, despite the windy weather.

Around 200 swimmers ran into the ocean at 12pm and remained in the cold water for about 20 minutes before leaving. One swimmer commented: “For them, it was only 20 minutes of cold, but for the Ukrainians, it’s just the start and constant for them.”

Others stayed in the water for longer, with the bravest even going back in for round two.

Several Ukrainian flags were seen across Gylly that morning.

Jory Mundy

After the Chilly Dip, the hotel resort St Michaels offered the swimmers hot chilli in exchange for donations which went towards supporting Ukraine. Gylly Beach Café also offered to match the cost of food and drink sold by the Chilly Dippers kiosk by donating to the Red Cross.

One Chilly Chilli Dip organiser said that she was blown away by the coverage, support, and attendance of Sunday’s launch event and could see it appearing across the country.

Jory Mundy

The organisers of the event have encouraged participants and swimmers to donate to the British Red Cross to support Ukrainian refugees and economic aid towards the country.

It is suggested that three million Ukrainians have fled whilst six million have been displaced since the war has started as Russia has been increasingly aggressive, shelling schools, hospitals and other civilian areas.