A new skinny dip in Kent

By Patrick Barnham

This summer, thousands of people across the UK will be taking the plunge and skinny dipping to raise money for British Heart Foundation (BHF) while experiencing the exhilaration  of being naked. They will improve their mental and physical health and well-being, boost their body confidence, and reduce their stress. They will also have great fun.

The Great British Skinny Dip is a campaign by British Naturism (BN) aimed at raising funds for the BHF, and:

  • Promoting greater understanding of Naturism and social nudity 
  • Encouraging acceptance and participation in Naturism
  • Improving facilities and opportunities for Naturism
  • Promoting body confidence and well-being

Participation in Naturism is on the rise, with BN reporting significant increases in new joiners since the 2020 lockdown. An Ipsos poll commissioned by British Naturism in 2022, revealed (pun intended) that almost 7 million Britons describe themselves as ‘Naturists’ or ‘Nudists’.

A dip takes place on Sunday June 4th at Brockenhurst, Orpington, Kent, the home of the Naturist Foundation (pictured)

Helen Berriman from the Naturist Foundation, said:

‘We are really excited to be part of this event and introducing people to our little piece of heaven and joining us in experiencing the joy of swimming naked!  Not only that, we get to help raise awareness and money for the British Heart Foundation.

Andrew Welch, National spokesman for British Naturism, said:
“Taboos around nudity are eroding and the health and well-being benefits of going naked are more widely understood, with more and more people wanting to shrug off convention and the rigours of daily life and experience it for themselves.

“Swimming without a costume is one of the most exhilarating things you can do and we want encourage everyone to come and give it a go – and raise much needed funds for our charity partner, British Heart Foundation.”

Ben Bishop, BHF Fundraising Manager, added: “There are lots of ways you can support the BHF and this is one of the more unusual, but why not try something new?

“It is an opportunity to free yourself from everyday constraints and take part knowing that you will be helping our researchers find the new treatments and cures that can keep families together longer.”

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