North Sea dip by Mark for charities

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A Portlethen recruitment co-ordinator will take to the North Sea next week in aid of charity.

Mark Mortensen, an employee of Aberdeen-based recruitment consultants Inter-Services, will cast off his business suit and don either a bird, reptile or crustacean costume for a swim at Aberdeen Beach on Friday, June 15. The intrepid bather will in the process raise money for CLAN and the Scottish SPCA.

Visitors to the firm’s Facebook page have the opportunity to vote for the costume that Mark wears when he takes on his challenge. The current favourite is a crab costume, but the other options include a penguin, an alligator and a duck.

Staff at the oil and gas and energy recruitment specialist regularly support charitable causes throughout the year, but none have ever taken on this type of challenge. And although Mark will be taking to the North Sea in June, the water temperature is still only expected to be a bracing 11ºC – and even that is dependent on the sun shining.

Inter-Services’ director Jacqueline van den Akker explained where the idea came from. “We were discussing what we could do to raise money for charity and someone suggested that Mark should take part in the Boxing Day Nippy Dipper event. Thinking we would be kind to him, we decided to let him do it in June instead, but there is only about 2ºC difference in the average water temperature between June and December.”

Mark said: “There was a little bit of coercion from my colleagues at the start, but I’m really looking forward to the challenge. I’ve received fantastic support from everybody and hope to raise in the region of £250. Regardless of how much money I raise, I’m just really pleased to do something that helps CLAN and the Scottish SPCA to continue doing their fantastic work.”