Dippers wanted for Boxing Day

In safe hands. RNLI volunteer crew member Ken Hay pictured with a Boxing Day dipper at Seaton Carew.
In safe hands. RNLI volunteer crew member Ken Hay pictured with a Boxing Day dipper at Seaton Carew.

HUNDREDS of festive fundraisers have vowed to make a splash for charity by taking part in this year’s Boxing Day Dip.

So far, 300 people have registered for the fun tradition at Seaton Carew beach, which raises thousands of pounds for good causes.

And there is still time for anyone aged from five to 85 to sign up for the dip.

The deadline for entries is Thursday, December 15, but people are urged to register sooner rather than later.

Organisers, the Hartlepool Lions, are also reminding dippers that as well as supporting their favourite charity, a slice of their sponsorship will help local causes.

Mike Dowson, Lions president and spokesman, said: “Last year, dippers raised £27,771 and although 20 per cent of this sponsorship money is retained for the Lions Charity account, these funds are used to mainly benefit deserving causes within the local community.

“During the past year, we donated £6,718 to 32 different causes, which is in addition to the 50 organisations and charities nominated by the dippers.”

It has been announced that this year’s parade to the sea will be headed by pipers and led by Mr Dowson along with Councillor Carl Richardson, Hartlepool Borough Council chairman, and the chairman’s lady, Councillor Sarah Maness.

They will then race into the freezing sea and brave the cold for a few minutes.

Many dippers chose to were outrageous fancy dress and prizes for the best costume, most money raised and more will be presented at an annual awards ceremony next March.

They then head back to Seaton Carew Social Club, in Station Lane, to get changed and have a hot drink.

Dippers can take part in teams or on their own.

This year will be the last dip is run by the Hartlepool Lions after 40 years due to a shortage of members.

From next year it will be staged by Hartlepool Round Table.

To register, collect a card from Hartlepool Civic Centre, Victoria Road, Seaton Carew Social Club or download one from www.hartlepoollions.wetpaint.com

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