What I'll be doing;

100 ice baths (or cold water dips) throughout winter. Starting in the 29th October and completed by March 29th 2024. I'm currently on number 54 and the dips varied between 2 degrees to 10 degrees, until I went to Norway for a week, where i stood bare foot with snow balls in my bare hands for two minutes in -19 and did three ice dips in the frozen fjords. Anything for the cold exposure!

Why I'm fundraising?

Every year I organise Santa Splash (cold water dip in December) events up and down the county for the charity I work for, The Aplastic Anaemia Trust. This year I thought I'd push myself a little further and get really chilly. 

What is aplastic anaemia?

Aplastic Anaemia is a rare type of bone marrow failure. It's where the bone marrow stops creating all kinds of blood cells. It's really rare and affects 1 in every half a million people. 

Aplastic anaemia treatment is very similar to the treatment someone might have for leukaemia - but because it's so rare, families often don't have access to the same information and support.

The Aplastic Anaemia Trust is the only charity in the UK dedicated to supporting people affected by aplastic anaemia and funding research into this rare form of bone marrow failure.

Watch the Christmas appeal video here

By donating you'll be....

Funding Research
This year The AAT will be investigating new treatment options, that could offer hope to more people, and improve quality of life for patients and their families. 

Providing support

  • Provide a young child with a story book that explains what aplastic anaemia is and what they can expect from a long stay in hospital - making the long and difficult treatment less frightening.
  • Make sure there is always some one on the end of the phone. Having someone to talk to who understands, who you don't have to explain your condition to again and again. The AAT hotline ensures no one is alone.
Hannah Mitchell