BRAVE souls who dipped into the icy North Sea in a long-running tradition have helped to boost the coffers of worthy causes.
Around 15 people took part in the 2011 Boxing Day dip at Crimdon Dene and raised £600 for the Great North Air Ambulance (GNAAS).
It was organised by bosses at Denemouth Caravan Park, at Crimdon Dene, and the figure is on top of £600 presented to Peterlee Macmillan Cancer Support from various charity events held over the past year.
Bosses at the resort stepped in after previous organisers at the local Macmillan group said there had been a lack of numbers.
Darren Green, who runs the caravan park with brother Neil and mother Edith Lakey, said: “When we found out the usual Boxing Day dip was not going to go ahead, we decided to step in and have it ourselves at short notice.
“We only had just over three weeks to ask for participants but volunteers came thick and fast.
“We had 15 people who completed the dip and these consisted of customers of Denemouth Caravan Park along with their family and friends.
“A special mention has to go to Anthony Laing who encouraged most of his workmates, family and friends to participate alongside him.”
The remaining £45 sponsorship will kick-start this year’s fundraising totals.
Harry Bennett, founder member of Peterlee Macmillan Cancer Support Committee, said: “We are thrilled with the help from the club.”
Lynne Simmons, GNAAS fundraising team manager, said: “Thanks to all those brave souls who took part.
“The dedication of these people is an inspiration to all in our team and without this kind of support our helicopters would simply not be able to operate.”