A small Dawlish establishment wanted to hold a sponsored dip in the sea on Boxing Day morning. 10 a.m. meet, dip in the sea which would involve people going in about up to their waists, then running out, fancy dress optional. Then meet back at the venue for festive drinks. Proceeds to the neonatal unit at RD & E hospital. What could possibly go wrong? Ok if waves were mountainous, then common sense would apply and the event would be cancelled, though I suspect the promised funds would still be forthcoming, hopefully running into a modest three figures.
All fine so far. Our local MP wanted to do it as well, credit to her. However this is where the fun stops. Her entourage got involved, and questions were asked about what insurance was organised (cost about £1000), as well if a lifeboat was booked on standby etc.
The unsurprising result is the event being cancelled. My question is - can adults still be treated like adults these days, or has the nanny state taken over our lives too much?
My advice just carry on without our MP all will be fine and much needed funds will be raised for the neonatal unit.
It might have been an idea to talk to the organisers of the similar events In Teignmouth and Exmouth.