Splashing cash

Young dippers Leoni Dendrickson and Rebecca Watkins (right) with representatives of Huntsman, Families First and Hartlepool Carers
Young dippers Leoni Dendrickson and Rebecca Watkins (right) with representatives of Huntsman, Families First and Hartlepool Carers
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MONEY raised by a Greatham chemical firm during Seaton Carew’s Boxing Day Dip has been handed over to two grateful charities.

Staff and family members from Huntsman Pigments manufacturing site at Greatham collected £2,500 when they took the plunge in the icy waters at Christmas.

All the sponsorship has now been collected and cheques for £1,250 were handed to Hartlepool Families First and to Hartlepool Carers at a presentation ceremony.

Shelia Simmons, HR administrator at Huntsman, who co-ordinated the dip team, said: “Our team wore pink tutus so we raised a smile as well.

“We’d all do it again.”

Karen Gibson, of Hartlepool Carers, which has almost 100 volunteers to help support young and adult carers, said: “Part of the money will be used for a celebratory meal to thank our volunteers for the help and support they give carers, such as help with shopping, taking people to appointments, or providing a sitting service to give carers a break.

“The rest of the money will be used to provide respite activities for young carers, and to improve security.”

Catherine Cawley, from Hartlepool Families First, thanked everyone who helped to raise money will support their work with special needs children.

December’s dip, which was organised by Hartlepool Round Table, saw 326 people walk, wade, run and swim in the cold sea for a host of different charities.

Huntsman was one of the main sponsors with the dip being managed by Allan Wise, who is a technician at Huntsman’s Greatham site and chairman of Hartlepool Round Table.

He said: “The Boxing Day Dip is becoming a very popular event.

“Over 2,500 people came to support their friends and families this year.

“There was a real carnival atmosphere”.

Huntsman Pigments manufactures pigments everything from paints and plastics to cosmetics and food.