Model and TV personality Casey Batchelor was one of 29 participants to take part in Haven House Children’s Hospice’s ‘Chilly Dip’ challenge at Hampstead Heath Lido on Sunday 12 February.

The Celebrity Big Brother star braved the winter chill and dipped into the lido at Parliament Hill as part of a fundraiser which raised more than £6,000 for the hospice in Woodford Green.

The water temperature was a chilly 4°C, but Casey remained calm and collected as she swam 27 meters of the lido and was rewarded with a Haven House medal.

Participants were able to warm up in the poolside sauna and enjoyed a bowl of chilli at the lido cafe bar.

Casey Batchelor said: “The Chilly Dip was amazing! It was a lot colder than I thought it would be, but I’m so glad I did it. I was buzzing afterwards.

“There was such a great team spirit and it’s brilliant to see so many people coming together to support Haven House on a Sunday.

“Haven House is such an amazing charity which does incredible work for life-limited children and their families. I really hope more people can support it.”

Mike Palfreman, Chief Executive of Haven House, said: “We are so grateful to Casey and all of our supporters who braved our Chilly Dip at Hampstead Heath Lido.

“Thank you to the wonderful volunteers at the lido who provided the refreshments which helped raise further income on the day.

“This is the first time we have staged a Chilly Dip in North London and we are delighted to see so many people raising funds for local life-limited children and their families during a weekend.

“In the past year, Casey has walked on fire and now swam through icy water for our hospice. When it comes to challenge events we really do have something for everyone.”

To sign up for a Haven House challenge event, please visit our events page.

If you are in North London and would like to support Haven House through an event please contact Lindy Hunt in our North London fundraising team. Email [email protected] or call 0208 506 3630.