WITH the cool August weather causing quite a shock to the system, the last thing anyone would want is a huge bucket of ice cold water thrown over them.
But Worcester's Tory MP Robin Walker has suffered that exact fate this afternoon - after the city's Labour Party nominated him for the current ice bucket craze sweeping social media.
Sports stars, celebrities, musicians, football players and now politicians are jumping on the Ice Bucket Challenge aimed at raising funds and awareness of Motor Neurone Disease.
The dare involves nominating someone to have a bucket of ice water poured over them, before a video of it is placed on Facebook and Twitter to raise money for charity.
Mr Walker was nominated by Chris Winwood, chairman of Worcester Labour Party - and rather than freeze under pressure the parliamentarian endured the fate outside the Tory's city HQ in Sansome Place at 4pm today.
It's possibly the first time he's had something in common with the likes of Kate Price, Mel B, Gary Lineker and Matt Damon - all of whom are among the scores of celebrities to have done the same thing.
He said: "It was flipping freezing - in the morning the sun was shining and I thought 'great, it looks a nice day' but then it clouded over and by the time I did it I was cold with my shorts on even before the water went over me.
"When they went to get two bags of ice from the supermarket a member of staff said 'as it's Robin Walker you can have four bags!'"
Macmillan cancer care is asking for funds from people nominated to do it, but those taking part can give money to any charity they like or simply encourage others to do so.
Mr Winwood has also nominated Labour's Worcester parliamentary candidate Councillor Joy Squires, and city mayor Councillor Alan Amos to do it.
Mr Winwood, who did it himself on Monday, said: "Robin's a good sport and I'm glad he decided to do it.
"My top tip is to ensure the chosen bucket has a sturdy handle - mine slipped so the bucket as well as the water smacked me in the face."
To see Mr Winwood's soaking, log onto facebook.com/WorcesterLabourParty.