The 28th Annual Cope Galway Christmas Swim

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Take part in the COPE Galway Christmas Day swim which takes place on Christmas morning from 10am to 1pm at Blackrock, Salthill!

For 28 years the people of Galway have braved the cold so others don’t have to.

To further support vulnerable and isolated men, women and families in Galway this Christmas get sponsored for your dip in the water on Christmas morning. Once registered you can contact us if you would like a fundraising pack with tips on how to get sponsored by your peers and organising events to reach your personal target. Please call/text 085 8597898.

The event aims to fund our local homeless, domestic violence and older people services. Some key facts about COPE Galway to show you how your generosity will help those less fortunate this Christmas:


In 2016 we worked with 211 families, 702 adults and 512 children affected by homelessness in Galway.

Domestic Violence Services

In 2016 we worked with 314 women and 158 children experiencing domestic violence. We answered 1,709 crisis calls.

Older People’s Services

In 2016 we produced and delivered 44,565  meals on wheels for 392 people.


Registration is €10 and can be done by:

  1. Clicking the "Register Now" button below
  2. Calling Marie-Anne on 091 778750 / 085 8597898 or emailing fundraising @


The following gives you an idea of how your sponsorship or donations are making a real difference in people's lives:

€10 - could provide support for our lunch clubs for older people in the community

€25 - could help provide a homeless person with a place at COPE Galway at Christmas this year, giving them a hot shower, a nutritious meal, a health check and access to COPE Galway services year round

€50 - could provide an ‘Emergency Pack’ for a woman who has escaped a violent home, including toothpaste, toothbrush, underwear and pyjamas

€100 - could provide the expert advice on work opportunities needed to give a homeless person a better chance of finding a job in the New Year

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