Several charities benefited as dozens of adults, children - and even their dogs - braved the chilly North Sea for crazy but courageous fundraiser
Splashing start to New Year as dippers take the plunge at Redcar and Saltburn
Brave fundraisers started the New Year off with a splash.
Despite the freezing temperatures, dozens of adults, children - and even their dogs - headed down to Redcar and Saltburn today for a refreshing dip in the sea.
But it was all for charity, of course, with several charities benefiting from the crazy but courageous fundraiser.
First in were past and present organisers and trustees of Saltburn Animal Rescue Association.
Anne Davison, one of the founders of the charity, said: “Twenty years ago we dipped our toes in the water to start up this charity and today we are doing the same, but in the sea!
“Our aim was to save and rescue animals and from there we now have a charity shop and our sanctuary.
“We really want to say thank you to all our supporters, staff, volunteers and members of the public for their generosity and kindness.”
Also braving the icy waters near Saltburn Pier were the Fat Lads on Bikes and Phat Lasses in Trainers who raise money for ward 14 at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.
Since setting up the charity, they have raised £30,000 for the cancer ward.
“It helps pay for things like TVs to make people more comfortable while they’re in hospital,” said Lindsay Clode from the charity.
At lunchtime, about 30 people ran into the North Sea at Redcar.
It was arranged by serial fundraiser Ron Gordon.
This year he was raising funds for research into Tay-Sachs disease, a rare genetic disorder which causes the deterioration of nerve cells and is usually fatal. One of Ron’s relatives, who has just turned one, has been diagnosed with the condition.
Around 30 people signed up for the fundraising dip, which will also support a Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) charity.
Ron said: “The years starts off as it should do - thinking about other people less fortunate.”