Hundreds take part in Hartlepool Boxing Day Dip at Seaton Carew

Hundreds of hardy souls braved the North Sea for this year’s Boxing Day Dip at Seaton Carew.

Thousands of pounds has been raised for worthy causes after groups ran into the water off the Hartlepool coast.

Participants at the Boxing Day dip event. Picture by Tom  Collins

Participants at the Boxing Day dip event. Picture by Tom Collins

Torrential rain could not deter scores of people who, after registering at the Staincliffe Hotel, took part in the annual event.

Among those getting wet was Chris Parry, 59, of the St Bernard Trust which has managed to re-home around 260 dogs in the past year.

“This is the first year we have done this,” said Chris, from Norton.

“But I think it will be a regular thing from now on.

“Hopefully we’ve raised about £1,000, which is a fantastic effort.”

Damien Parkin had roped in more than 10 members of his family and friends to do the dip as part of a fund-raising appeal for his daughter Lacey-Mae, four, who has Rett Syndrome, a rare condition that affects development of the brain.

The family are trying to raise thousands of pounds for an eye gaze machine so that Lacey-Mae can communicate with those around here.

“This is the first thing that we are doing for the appeal and we’re trying to get £1,000 in,” said Damien, 25, of Peterlee.

“The machine could cost anywhere from £2,000 to £10,000.”