The Annual Lochgoilhead Ne’er Day Dip run by the Go Active team at Argyll Holidays, Drimsynie Estate, Lochgoilhead has been renamed this year in honour of Andrew Ross Graham. Lesleyanne Smith, a long-standing supporter of her nephew Andrew’s memorial fund, tells us about their 2016 Ne’er Day Dip.
“This Year we took part in the 7th Annual Lochgoilhead Ne’er Day Dip. Fortunately it was a dry but rather cold morning when over 30 brave souls took to the water.
The Go Active team from Drimsynie led us in a warm up and joined us in the water. We had many well wrapped up onlookers cheering us on as we plunged into the icy water raising £324.58 for charity. The team from the hotel had hot soup and a wee dram waiting for us on our exit to take away the chill. The dram of course purely for medicinal purpose!!!!
We have been fundraising for Epilepsy Research UK for the last 6 years in memory of my nephew Andrew who we tragically lost to SUDEP in 2010 at 10 years of age. Andrew was very active and enjoyed walking and swimming. He loved coming to visit us in Lochgoilhead. 2016 became the first year of ‘The Andrew Ross Graham Ne’er Day Dip’. Andrew would be delighted and so proud.
This is an annual event which we are hoping will continue to grow in the future. A huge thank you to all the people who have supported us and donated over the years, it means so much. We are always delighted to see new and old faces, so pop a note in your diary and we’ll look forward to seeing you next year on the first.”
A huge ‘thank you’ to the Go Active team at Argyll Holidays, Lesleyanne, Kieran, Gillian, John and all who braved the cold for Andrew’s Ne’er Day Dip this year, and their many sponsors.
Andrew’s family and friends have now raised over £40,000 for research through the Andrew Graham Memorial Fund – our thanks go to all involved for such inspirational support of our research.