We caught up with organiser Deirdre Featherstone to find out more. Now in its seventh year, Strip and Dip gives women of all ages, from all backgrounds, an opportunity to celebrate their bodies while raising much-needed funds for charity. Breast cancer awareness : how to check your breasts at home. Strip and Dip was founded and continues to be organised annually by Deirdre Featherstone; an Irishwoman who was diagnosed with breast cancer in and underwent a mastectomy in In an effort to cheer herself up not to mention raise much-needed funds for childhood cancer Deirdre decided skinny dipping was the way to go. When it comes to organising Strip and Dip, safety is paramount. For that reason, only women over the age of 18 are allowed to take part, and only those who have registered in advance are granted access to the beach.
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Registered in Ireland: The substantial funds raised from the successful world record-breaking skinny dip over the weekend will be used to purchase a furnished, family-friendly house in Dublin for cash-strapped parents of cancer-stricken children visiting the capital for extended hospital stays. A Guinness adjudicator, who flew in to monitor the event, confirmed that 2, naked women spent at least five minutes in the sea to smash the record, which had been set in in Perth, Australia, when people took part in a nude dip. The Strip and Dip event has been an annual charity fixture since it was started by Dublin cancer survivor Deirdre Featherstone in , just weeks after her own mastectomy. Some of the skinny-dipping participants soak in the sun as they tell cancer what they really think on Magheramore beach. Picture: Clodagh Kilcoyne.
THE world record for largest ever skinny dip was smashed yesterday after more than 2, women stripped off in the fight against cancer - as cyclists took part in the fourth annual Brighton Naked Bike Ride. The women - all aged from their late teens to mids - took over a secluded beach in County Wicklow in Ireland in the hopes of a charity record bid. Collectively, the nude bathers smashed a record previously held by Australian skinny dippers in Perth - despite the water temperature being about 10 degrees colder in Ireland. The group of 2, women also managed to raise more than , Euros for Irish cancer charity, Aoibheann's Pink Tie. Organiser Dee Featherstone, who led yesterday's naked charge into the Irish Sea, said the numbers exceeded her wildest dreams. She added that a lot of women had been nervous about baring all, due to scars left by cancer operations. Dee said: "On the day absolutely nobody cared and the people who would have been really scared and nervous about doing it - they were the ones who were in the water longest and naked longest on the beach. We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team?