St John's Hospice thanks our Denise for her Morecambe Bay dip

January 09, 2020

Beyond Radio's Denise Cooper has been given a deserved pat on the back for braving the icy cold waters of Morecambe Bay for a very good cause.

Denise, who presents The Morning Witter on your real local radio station, promised to take part in the annual Big Boxing Day Dip for St John's Hospice if listeners donated £500.

Thanks to a last-minute rush of donations, Denise raised more than her target and entered the Bay on Boxing Day while dressed as Cruella de Vil from Disney film 101 Dalmatians!

"I loved it," said Denise.

"It was great fun, a great atmosphere, and I felt really supported, particularly by the RNLI crew who dragged me in and kept me vertical!

"I am really chuffed how generous people were.

"It wasn't as cold as I thought it would be. But I was very impressed with all the other people who did it in bikinis and shorts!"

Chris Pilkington from St John's Hospice said: "Denise put herself forward during our regular Thursday morning interview on Beyond Radio and I was quite shocked she was going to do it!

"But she did a great job and 10 per cent of the overall total is down to Denise. I was pleased to see the amount of support from the Beyond Radio team with many of them donating money to make sure she did it!

"A big thank you to everybody who took part."

The event on Morecambe seafront raised more than £5,000 for St John's Hospice and the total is still rising.

Hundreds of intrepid 'dippers' braved the cold water of Morecambe Bay for a paddle, many in fancy dress.

Beyond Radio's Greg Lambert was compere and our official photographer Andy Slack was also on hand to capture the day.

For more pictures from the Big Boxing Day Dip go to