People looking to try a new challenge can brave the freeze by taking a cold-water dip next week to raise money for a homelessness charity.

Crisis is hosting its annual Icebreaker Challenge event next Saturday at the lake at Bicester Hotel and Spa.

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People can choose between swimming either one width in the outdoor pool or teaming up in a group of four for the relay.

The event is now in its tenth year, with money raised going to support Crisis’ work to help end homelessness.

The £15 registration fee for the event will help the charity provide services all year round for people experiencing homelessness, such as counselling and healthcare advice, as well as help with long term accommodation and employment training.

For those unable to get along to the event, the DIY Icebreaker Challenge is running until February28, and will see people set their own challenge like taking an icy shower every day for a month.

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Matt Downie, Chief Executive of Crisis, said: “The Icebreaker Challenge has been going strong for ten years and we’re grateful to all the people who have taken part over that time to raise money to support Crisis.

“They are a fantastic way for people to show their support for ending homelessness while setting themselves a challenge and sharing the experience with friends."

To sign-up for the event, go to

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