Why take part?

Your support makes a huge difference

Now more than ever, veterans rely on us and we rely on our supporters. We believe military trauma shouldn’t destroy the lives of veterans and their families. When a veteran is having a tough time, we’re there to help tackle the past and to help them take on the future. By taking part in the Santa Splash, your fundraising efforts will make a huge difference to the lives of the former servicemen and women who turn to us for support. 

Who we help

Combat Stress is the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health.  For over a century we’ve been helping former servicemen and women deal with issues like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. Today we provide specialist treatment and support for veterans from every service and conflict, focusing on those with complex mental health issues.

Health benefits of cold water

By taking part in our Santa Splash, you will not only be helping to support veteran's mental health but you may also find the Santa Splash has a positive impact on your own physical and mental health.

Cold water swimming has been shown to have a number of health benefits. Our cold water swim coach Paul Mackenzie lists some of the benefits below:

  1. It helps give your immune system a boost
  2. It improves your circulation
  3. It helps to burn calories
  4. It will make you feel energised
  5. It reduces stress
  6. It can increase your libido
  7. It is a great way of socialising and making new friends
  8. It is great for peri-menopausal / menopausal women for all the above and more


Our work would not be possible without the support of our amazing fundraisers. Thank you for going the extra mile for veterans mental health.