Awards for top dippers

Award winners following the presentation at Seaton Carew Sports and Social Club
Award winners following the presentation at Seaton Carew Sports and Social Club

FUNDRAISERS who made a splash at Hartlepool’s Boxing Day Dip celebrated their success at the event’s glittering awards night.

People who took part in the town’s annual fundraiser were rewarded for their generous money-making efforts.

Dip organisers Hartlepool Lions held its Boxing Day Dip awards presentation night at Seaton Carew Social Club.

Community-spirited teams and individual dippers raised around £22,000 for a host of good causes by racing into the freezing waves last December.

The Hosanna House Angels team from the HCPT Pilgrimage Trust were presented with the Team Shield Award for raising the most money at £2,796.20.

Seven-year-old James Hepple walked away with two awards for being the day’s youngest dipper, and for collecting the most sponsorship out of all the boys under 12 at £330.

Phoebe Gallen won the award for the highest amount of money raised by a girl under 12 with £140.

Pensioner Pam Anderson won the award for the oldest dipper. She raised £219.00 for her chosen charity.

Lions spokesman Mike Dowson said: “Compared with the 2009 dip, there were 72 fewer dippers this year, possibly due to the severe weather conditions, but the 345 participants raised the magnificent sum of £27,340.27, and there are still four teams to pay in.”

As well as trophies and plaques, dippers collected their final sponsorship cheques.

Hartlepool RNLI, whose volunteer crew members supervise the safety of dippers, raised £250 towards their work.

A number of crew members attended the awards night.

The Lions keep a 20 per cent share of all sponsorship raised which goes to its charity work in town and internationally.

Due to the illness of the Lions club president Fraser Tarbitt, chairman of Hartlepool Borough Council, Councillor Carl Richardson, presented the awards and sponsorship cheques.

Coun Richardson has been a staunch supporter of the dip for many years.

Everyone who raised more than £100 were presented with plaques to keep for their efforts.