Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I've Taken the Plunge and Joined Net Craze

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I've Taken the Plunge and Joined Net Craze

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Byline: LINDSAY BRUCE The chaotic life of a working mum

OKAY, I'll admit it. The Bruces are the latest in a long line of people clogging up your Facebook pages and Twitter timelines with buckets, water, screaming, laughing and, yep, you've guessed it, the dreaded ice.

I had actually resigned myself to the fact that I would never be nominated after going through a fortnight of watching friends with their feet in basins (why, by the way?), but, alas, my luck ran out.

The kids, on the other hand, were desperate to be nominated. They've spent half the summer soaking wet from various outdoor taps, playing in the rain and, eating ice lollies, so why they thought they needed to be nominated in order to get drenched I don't know.

But they were thrilled when I finally had to take the plunge, so to speak, and I was able to name them as the next candidates.

It's actually been a funny thing to observe, how this craze has taken root the length of the country. Walking down the Royal Mile in Edinburgh we stopped and watched, and donated, to a complete stranger being soaked by two colleagues.

On the way home from the shops I walked past a house baring the evidence of completed challenges: plastic garden chair on the drive, a puddle where the car would normally be and the obligatory pile of sodden clothes waiting to be hung out to dry.

Of course, the things you don't see in those 30-second videos is all the flamin' hassle required in order to fulfil the charity challenge. Nobody, and I know this for a fact, has enough ice to just carry out an impromptu splurge. I am assured of this because of a) the number of people in front of me clutching sacks of ice, whenever I go shopping, and b) after refusing to pay for ice, I made my own. I know, Kirsty Alsopp eat your heart out. …

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