A team of nurses, therapists and play staff are planning to jump into freezing waters to raise money for a children’s hospice and hospital.

Twelve women who work at Haven House Children’s Hospice in Woodford and Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone will jump into Parliament Hill Lido in Highgate on 10 February.

The money raised from the Ice Plunge Challenge will go towards joint projects supporting children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses.

Haven House’s director of care, Eileen White, said: “Haven House Children’s Hospice relies on the fundraising efforts of the public who tirelessly give us their donations.

“The funds we raise in completing the challenge will go directly towards the services we are able to offer.

“We are so fortunate to have such supportive colleagues at Barts Health NHS Trust who are working in partnership with us on some innovative projects.

The hospice in High Road runs monthly teenage cancer support groups and their music therapist attends weekly to Whipps Cross’ neonatal intensive care to support families.

Haven House in High Road has also been working with the hospital’s paediatric oncology team to help young people and families affected during this difficult time.

Hot chocolates and the Lido’s sauna facilities will be rewarded to those who complete a width of the outdoor pool.

To join the Ice Plunge Challenge visit: havenhouse.org.uk/Event/ice-plunge.