BRAVE fundraisers have helped raise hundreds of pounds for a popular youth centre by taking part in a romantic dip.
Sixteen members of staff, family and friends from the Belle Vue Community Sports & Youth Centre, in Kendal Road, braved the ice cold sea at Seaton Carew to raise vital funds for the centre.
All of the cash raised from the dip – which was held on Valentine’s Day – will go towards funding youth services.
A sumo wrestler, circus ringmaster and the Incredible Hulk were among the famous faces taking part and organisers hope to have raised £500 from the event.
Dippers met at the Sandy Car Park, off The Front, at Seaton, before running down the beach and into the sea.
Sue Wilson, 52, a receptionist at the centre, said: “It was a tremendous event and the atmosphere was fantastic.
“We are still totting up the final amount but we are hoping for a figure around the £500 mark, which is a great amount and it will help fund activities at the centre.”
The mum-of-three, who is married to Alan Wilson, 50, and lives in Oxford Road, Hartlepool, added: “There were both children and adults taking part, which was lovely to see, and everybody got into the spirit of the event.
“I went up to my chest and it was bitterly cold but we are hoping to do the same next year.”
Centre bosses are also still on the lookout for 75 volunteers to do a sponsored 160ft bungee jump from a crane to raise cash to help stop the centre’s youth club from falling into financial problems.
The club currently provides for around 250 young people a week, aged five to 19-years-old.
But organisers say the financial outlook for the year is bleak so generous and brave souls are needed to help the club carry on.
Each jumper will need to raise £100, with costs for each jump at around £65 and £35 being donated to the youth club.
Any extra money can be donated to each jumper’s charity or group of choice.
Businesses are also being sought to sponsor the day-long event in the centre’s car park on Saturday, March 5, and to donate raffle prizes.
For more information about the bungee jump call the centre on (01429) 221832.