Fancy dress dippers praise coastguards

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FUNDRAISERS who took part in a fancy dress dip to raise money for a centre for adults with learning disabilities have given a special thank you to the coastguards who kept an eye on them.

Around 15 people took part in the sponsored dip at Seaton Carew at the start of the summer, raising £2,198 to buy more equipment for a sensory light and sound room at Hartlepool Borough Council’s Warren Road Day Centre.

Members of Hartlepool Coastguard Station were on hand on the beach to make sure everything went safely when the volunteers – who included centre staff and relatives and friends of the centre users – braved the icy waters.

To show their appreciation, the fundraisers have donated £100 of the money raised to the Coastguard Association, which provides financial help to coastguards past and present.

Pat Sprintall, a community worker at the centre and a member of the centre’s Friends of the Sunflower Lounge organising committee, said: “Despite poor weather on the day, everyone had a great time and we wanted to thank the coastguards for helping ensure that the event went safely. They do a great job and we are very grateful to them.”

Lynne Jorgeson, deputy station officer at Hartlepool Coastguard Station, added: “It is very kind of the fundraisers to remember us in this way and their donation will be put to very good use. We were very happy to help out on the day.”

For more information about Warren Road Day Centre or the Friends of the Sunflower Lounge organising committee contact Pat Sprintall or Laura Stephens on (01429) 264661.