CHARITY champions raised more than £25,000 for good causes after taking part in the traditional Boxing Day Dip at Seaton Carew.
Event organisers Hartlepool Round Table announced the fantastic amount that will help dozens of town charities.
Around 300 peopel blew away the Christmas cobwebs by dashing into the freexing cold sea on Boxing Day.
They were cheered on by thousands of spectators and organisers say the event wqas another huge success.
The round table has spent the last few weeks collecting all the inrformation and totals as sponsorship money is collected.
Hartlepool Round Table raised around £2,000 for its own charitable causes from the sale of wristbans and registration fees and cash collections on the day from supporters.
Chairman Kevin Cox said: “All in akll it was a really good event. As a table we raised around £2,000.
“Based on what we know from individuals who ttok part it looks like it is going to be at least £25,000.
“It was good to see so many peolpe there. There was about 3,000 spectators despite it being a frosty mroning.”
More than £3,000 of the total was raised by 10-year-old Hartlepool youngster Jasmin Mitchell for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Jasmin was presented with a trophy for her efforts by the round table atthe hweekend as reported in yesterday’s Mail.
Kevin added they are thinking of reintroducing an awards night for the most outstanding dippers that the previous dip organisers The Hartlepool Lions Club held.
“It would help to honour people and raise the profile of the dip,” added Kevin, who raised £600 himself on the day.
“It could also help to get people competing to raise money.”