A wee nip for the New year’s Dip

CHEERS: From left to right; Andy McArdle, Andrew Scott, Jo Robinson and Michael Hopkinsm with the donated whisky.
CHEERS: From left to right; Andy McArdle, Andrew Scott, Jo Robinson and Michael Hopkinsm with the donated whisky.

THE brave people taking part in the New Years dip will be able to warm up quickly thanks to a donation from Dunnottar wine and spirits.

The Stonehaven shop has donated a bottle of whisky so that everyone who is heading into the sea on Januray 1 to raise money for CLIC Seargent can warm up quickly with the help of a dram. Andrew Scott, from Dunnottar wine and spirits, handed over the bottle of whisky last week to the chief-lead dipper Michael Hopkins, Community fundraising Manager for CLIC Sargent Jo Robinson and Andy McArdle from Stonehaven lions, who are firm supporters of the new year dip.

Michael Hopkins will lead the group into the sea on January 1. He has participated in the New Year’s dip since it began, he originally did the dip with the Stonehaven lions club but this year is doing it solo with a few friends. Along with his friend Adam Bennett, he will be warming up the brave “dippers” before they head into the sea with an eight minute dance. But he isn’t giving too much away about what this dance will be, so if you want to find out you will have to head down to the harbour on New Years day and see. Last year, the New Years Day dip raised £18,000 for charity CLIC Sargent, and they are hoping to raise even more this year. If you are interested in taking part then head to www.clicsargent.org.uk.