Amongst a Santa or two, plenty of nuns adorned with wimples and the odd pirate scattered amongst the hundreds of other participating dippers – emerged this rather large Hungry Caterpillar! Greg, a Senior Designer here at Hillside Product Design took part in one of the biggest briny dips in the country on Boxing Day to raise funds to support the RNLI.
Greg is pictured with the Teignmouth Mayor receiving a prize for best group costume and also after having gone for a quick swim. Credit and thanks to the Teignmouth Post and the RNLI Fundraising Team respectively for use of their images.
Thousands flocked to Teignmouth’s sea front to watch and support the dippers in this worthwhile event which is expected to raise over £7,000 for the RNLI.
Greg, who returned to live and work in his home town after graduating, spent much of his childhood in or on the water – swimming, in his rowing boat or fishing. Today Greg still finds time to be out in his boat and enjoys fishing trips. Living on the coast he is all too aware of the dangers the sea represents.
‘I have grown up with the knowledge that the RNLI are here to save lives at sea but this is only made possible by fundraising, donations and people giving up time to help by volunteering. I am on the water a lot so to me it only makes sense to do my bit when I can’.
‘Both of my parents also support the RNLI throughout the year by helping out with fundraising events. I have yet to persuade them to join me in the sea on Boxing Day. They seem happy to provide their support from the relative comfort of the shore’.
Company Director, Chris Howsam, a RNLI volunteer for several years who continues to support the RNLI through his charity work was delighted with Greg’s festive antics:
‘Greg is a highly valued member of staff, not only an excellent designer but a really decent guy’.