Valentine’s dip a freezing success

Dippers (left to right) Laura Tomkins,. Liam Wood and Lulu Kitching.

Dippers (left to right) Laura Tomkins,. Liam Wood and Lulu Kitching.

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CARE home staff braved the arctic waters during a fundraising Valentine’s Day dip.

Staff at Warrior Park Care Home, in Seaton Carew, marked the occasion by showing just how much they care for their residents and plunging into the icy sea.

Laura Tomkins was joined by colleagues Liam Wood and Lulu Kitching at Seaton Carew beach for their Valentine’s challenge.

And despite the fundraiser being described as simply “freezing”, the brave efforts of the staff has so far raised around £400, with the final total expected to rise.

The three members of staff were cheered on by family and friends of the residents at the care home, in Warrior Drive.

A cold and drenched Laura Tomkins, personal activities leader at the home who took part in a similar dip last year, said: “It was absolutely freezing.

“I didn’t think it was going to be as cold as last year, but it really was freezing.”

Last year’s dip raised around £300 so Laura and her colleagues were delighted to eclipse that total.

She added: “So far we have raised around £400, but there is still some more to come in which is brilliant.

“It’s a fantastic amount of money to raise and we would like to thank everyone who supported the dip.”

The money raised will now be split between the residents’ fund at the home and British Heart Foundation.

Cash in the residents’ fund helps to organise trips and entertainment for the pensioners.

Laura added: “The residents are always extremely grateful.

“It was a brilliant atmosphere down at the beach.

“I think it will be the same again next year, hopefully we can raise even more again.”