Santas to Superheroes and just about everything else between took to the freezing sea for the 48th annual Christmas Day Dip which looks like a record breaker.
“The final total raised for worthy causes is going to be well over £6,000,” said organiser Janet Connely. The event was started by her late husband Warwick who died seven years ago. They have kept it going in his memory and this was their last every Big Dip.
However, Steve Tighe of Blast Fitness in Bessingby Way, Bridlington has said he is willing to take it on so the event will continue.
“I am delighted Steve is going to keep it going. It was a bitter sweet occasion for us but it is time we gave it a rest, said Janet.
Their final Dip collected almost £700 on the beach on Christmas morning, and they were given a huge boost by a £5,000 donation from a Bridlington company which wants to remain anonymous.
More money will come in from sponsorship over the next month.
“It was fantastic, there must have been more than 60 people and lots of supporters watching. I can’t thank them all enough,” said Janet.
The main beneficiaries include the Renal Unit at Scarborough Hospital, Bridlington’s Old Town Association, and a local girl who will soon be celebrating her 10th birthday despite a brain illness. Her family wish to remain anonymous at this stage.
Anyone who still has sponsorship money to send in should contact Janet on 01262 670071 who can collect it, or they can take it to Gallery Hair on Hilderthorpe Road before the deadline of the end of January.