Dip cash appeal

The 2011 Boxing Day Dip at Seaton Carew.
The 2011 Boxing Day Dip at Seaton Carew.

BOXING Day Dip organisers have urged people who took part to send in their sponsor money sooner rather than later.

Around 270 people raced into the freezing sea at Seaton Carew to raise cash for a host of good causes.

Now organisers, the Hartlepool Lions charity, is asking everyone who took part to try and pay their sponsorship into the dedicated bank account sooner rather than later.

Lions president Mike Dowson said there is still a lot of work to do before prizes are presented to dippers at the annual awards night in March.

Mr Dowson said: “Although people are just getting over Christmas and new year, in order to help us prepare the trophies in time for the presentation night, we would appeal to dippers to get their sponsorship money into the bank as soon as possible.

“We can then determine the people who are going to win trophies and awards.

“A lot of work has got to be done before March and anything dippers can do to get the money in the sooner the better would be a big help.”

The Lions will review how many people joined in the dip and how much money was raised at its next meeting on Monday, January 16.

A slice of people’s sponsorship money will go the Lions’ own charity work both locally and abroad.

The dip marked the Lions’ 40th anniversary of organising the event.

They are working with Hartlepool Round Table which will be taking over the running of the fundraiser this December.

Trophies and prizes for dippers who raised the most money as a team or individual will be handed out at the awards night, along with the best fancy dress, youngest and oldest dippers.

It will take place at the Staincliffe Hotel on Monday, March 26.