Revellers of all ages invited to the UK’s biggest Christmas Day Dip!

Hundreds of swimmers are expected to attend this year’s annual Christmas Day Dip at Boscombe for the Macmillan Unit hospice in Christchurch – including the newborn grandson of the man who inspired the event.

John White VI was born on December 8th and is the son of the Dip’s co-founder, also John White.

John and his cousin Tommy Baker came up with the idea for the Dip in 2008.

The pair, both keen swimmers, wanted to raise money for the Macmillan Unit hospice as John’s father, also called John, was successfully treated for cancer.

The very first Dip saw John and Tommy joined by six family members.

The event, which takes place next to Boscombe Pier, now attracts hundreds of participants and their supporters, many in fancy dress.

More than £300k has been raised to date for Macmillan Caring Locally, which supports the Unit in caring for over 1,600 terminally ill people and their families each year.

John’s new baby son will attend this year’s Dip.

John said: “We’ve been waiting patiently for him to arrive and it’s only right he should be part of it all. When he’s a little bigger we will let him dip too, although I don’t think my wife Amy will allow it this year! But he will be there in fancy dress, and that’s what counts.”

Also taking part for the first time this year is Tom Woodley, who has a poignant reason for supporting the ‘Mac Unit.’

Tom’s father, David Woodley, 82, spent his final weeks being cared for at the hospice in 2022.

He said: “Dad had Pulmonary Fibrosis of the lungs and had been cared for at home by mum before going into the Mac Unit. From day one knew he was receiving truly excellent care and that he was able to make the decisions he wanted.

“We could go in and see him whenever we wished and his nurses were fantastic, providing everything he needed and making him laugh by pulling his leg.

“I’m really looking forward to taking part in the Dip. I’m sure Dad would have loved it and it’s good to know I’m doing something to help the Unit’s amazing work.”

Tommy Baker said: “We have around 200 people signed up already and we usually have a last-minute rush of entrants. It’s a brilliant occasion, with music, refreshments, a lot of laughter and some amazing costumes. We hope families, friends and groups of workmates will sign up, pay the £7.50 knowing it will be going to a great charity, and join us for a Christmas morning to remember.”

Trust Secretary of the Macmillan Caring Locally charity, which supports the Unit, Neal Williams, said: “Tommy, John and now Baby John, are our absolute heroes. As is everyone who takes part in the Dip.

“This is our biggest fundraising event and without the boys driving this forward it would not have been the massive success it is.

“We hope people will join them and the many of us from the unit for this amazing event. It wouldn’t be Christmas without it!”

The Dip takes place at 9.45am on December 25th and costs £7.50 to take part. For more information and to sign up visit:

List of pharmacies 

 Pharmacy name and address

Phone Number

100 hour pharmacy


Asda Pharmacy

St Pauls Road, Bournemouth,BH8 8DL

01202 298900


Bournemouth East

Castle Lane Pharmacy
482 Castle Lane West Bournemouth, BH8 9UD

01202 772110


Bournemouth West

Ferndown Pharmacy
487 Ringwood Road, Ferndown, BH22 9AG

01202 892666


East Dorset

Tesco Extra Pharmacy
Yarrow Road, Mannings Heath Poole, BH12 4NX

01202 457447 or 01202 367447



Asda Pharmacy
West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1JQ

01202 207000


Poole Central

Equipment – Is useful for wheelchairs and other equipment

Guide for people nearing end stage of life :

Brief Drugs List for GPs



Morphine sulphate 2.5-5mg SC PRN (10mg in 1ml injection)

(alternative if taking PO or eGFR<30 – Oxycodone 1 – 2.5mg SC PRN (10mg in 1ml injection))

[Please take background opioid into account when prescribing doses for anticipatories]


Midazolam 2.5-5mg SC PRN (10mg in 2ml injection)


Glycopyrronium 200mcg SC PRN (600mcg in 3ml injection)

(alternative for secretions: Hyoscine Butylbromide 20mg/ml injection)

Nausea :

Levomepromazine 6.25mg SC PRN (25mg in 1ml injection)

(alternative for nausea: Haloperidol 1.5mg SC PRN (5mg in 1ml injection)

Water for injection

Dexamethasone 3.3mg SC OD-BD (equivalent to 4mg PO) if risk of steroid withdrawal/Addisons during terminal phase.

Day/Time Example Timetable
Monday - AM

9am MMU Ward Hand over; 9:30am Tour of MMU

10m Consultant Ward Round, MMU

Monday - PM

12pm Ward Nurses - syringe driver administration (treatment room)

1:30 Nursing Handover – MMU (ward office)

MMU – Admission Assessment(s) with ward doctor

Tuesday - AM

9am Ward Hand over

9:20am Referrals Meeting on MMU

10am Community visiting with Specialist Nurse

Tuesday - PM

12:30 Journal Club – MMU (doctors office)

2pm Introduction to Patient and Family Support Team

3pm Introduction to Welfare and benefits Advisor

Wednesday - AM

9am Ward Hand over

9:20am Referrals Meeting on MMU

10am Consultant ward round - MMU

Wednesday - PM

2pm Doctor/Nurse Home Visit with Specialty Doctor

Thursday - AM

9:15am Multi-Disciplinary Team Meeting on MMU

Thursday - PM

2pm Introduction to Palliative Rehabilitation with Physiotherapist

3pm Introduction to Complex Discharge Planning in terminal illness

Friday - AM

Hospital Palliative Care Team Ward Visits

Friday - PM

2pm Introduction to Personalised Care Plan for the Last Days of Life with End of Life Care Nurse

4pm Debrief / sign off