Splash for George

LAST YEAR: Crimdon dippers taking part in the charity boxing day dip to raise funds for George Carr
LAST YEAR: Crimdon dippers taking part in the charity boxing day dip to raise funds for George Carr

FAMILY and friends of a baby boy with a genetic disorder will head to the beach on Boxing Day for a charity event.

Scores of supporters of one-year-old George Carr, who has cystic fibrosis, will blow away the Christmas cobwebs by taking part in a dip in the sea at Crimdon Dene for a second year running.

It is being organised by George’s loving parents Brett Carr and Gemma Worthington and his family to raise money for his treatment and other people with the condition.

George’s grandmother Andrea Worthington said: “People can just come along on the day and join in.

“Everyone has fun doing it and we are trying to raise as much awareness and money as we can for the cystic fibrosis charity.”

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder that causes the sufferer’s lungs to produce excessive mucus affecting a number of organs, particularly their lungs and digestive system.

George was just three weeks old when he was diagnosed with the disease.

Last year, fancy dress-clad dippers raised around £2,000 from the festive dip and his family are hoping this year will be even more successful.

Dippers are busy collecting sponsorship now all over East Durham and forms are available from Harry’s Bar, in Thornley, or from George’s family.

The money will be split between the Cystic Fibrosis Trust charity and go towards buying George a vibrating physiotherapy jacket to help keep his lungs clear.

George, who turned one last month, is given regular physiotherapy at home by dad Brett, 28, and mum Gemma, 24, who are originally from Wheatley Hill but who now live at Thornley.

His care is overseen by doctors at Newcastle’s RVI hospital.

Andrea added: “It is a very complex disease but George is doing pretty well at the moment.

The dip takes place at 10am on Crimdon Dene beach on Thursday, December 26, and all are welcome.