Boxing Day dippers set to make a splash

Dozens of brave residents are getting ready to take the plunge into the icy waters of the North Sea for the Boxing Day dip at Spittal.

Monday, 25th December 2017, 07:30 am
Boxing Day Dip at Spittal, 2016 Picture by Jane Coltman

More than 60 people took part last year and a similar number is expected this time for the 11am start.

Many will be raising money for charity, among them Colin Hardy and local councillors Karin Graham and Georgina Hill, who are fund-raising for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA).

Colin said: “The team is on course to raise over £500 this year, and all monies raised will be used to support people living with MND in Northumberland.

“MND is a rapidly progressing fatal illness that affects one in 300 people. MND has no cure. There are approximately 90 people living in Northumberland fighting MND.”

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Karin added: “I’m delighted once again to be asked to join the MND team to do the icy dip on Boxing Day.

“I’ve had my arm severely twisted into promising to wear a Sunderland football shirt for the annual event. Those who know me know I’m an avid Newcastle Utd supporter. The shirt will feel like fire on me so I guess it could make a cloud of smoke as I hit the sea!”

Collections will also be made for the Mayor’s charity, Berwick Cancer Cars.