Dip with a Nip at Stonehaven harbour raises thousands

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THOUSANDS of pounds have been raised for charity thanks to more than 50 brrr-ave souls who started off 2011 in memorable style.

A total of 53 people plunged into the North Sea at Stonehaven Harbour on January 1 in a bid to raise money for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.

So far more than £14,500 has been raised, with the charity expecting a final figure of £16,000. It is the third year the event has taken place and is proving more popular than ever, with this year’s total eclipsing 2010’s total of £12,500.

Jo Warren, CLIC’s Community Fundraising Manager (Grampian & Shetland) said: “We had a great day on Saturday, with 53 Dippers taking part, at least 20 of which were new to the event.

“So far we have raised £14,500 and expect a further £1,500 at least to come in from online fundraising so we are looking at a total of £16,000.”

Ms Warren added: “The weather was fine – pretty mild compared with previous weeks, at 1C.

“Several people were in fancy dress – we had a David Hasselhoff, a pirate and a cowboy! A crowd of around 200 gathered to watch the Dippers run into the sea, and we raised £439.92 from a public collection.”

More information on the charity is available from its website at www.clicsargent.org.uk.