Awards night honours Boxing Day Dip fundraisers

Dippers taking part in the Sunderland Boxing Day dip held at Seaburn beach. Picture by FRANK REID
Dippers taking part in the Sunderland Boxing Day dip held at Seaburn beach. Picture by FRANK REID
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Plucky fundraisers who braved the cold for charity had their efforts recognised at a prize giving night.

The Sunderland Lions Club, which has organised the Boxing Day Dip at Seaburn for more than four decades, held its annual awards night.

Dozens of individuals, and groups, received trophies for their fundraising and costumes at the event which was held in The Chesters pub in Chester Road, Sunderland.

So far, more than £40,000 has been raised in sponsorships by the 750 dippers who took part, and shared out between charities and good causes across the region.

Peter Fielding, the club’s president, said: “You people are the stalwarts, every year you come along and spend hours making wonderful costumes that everyone enjoys seeing, and we couldn’t do this without you.”

The trophy for the most individual cash raised was scooped by Stephen Taylorson, from Castletown.

The 50-year-old raised £334 for the Royal British Legion.

He said: “It was great fun, I had dressed as half Superman and half Thor. I am really pleased I’ve managed to individually raise the most cash.

“I am still contemplating doing the dip this year, as my ankle joint has fused together, so it’s a bit painful to run, but we’ll see.”

The Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Barry Curran with his wife Carol, the Mayoress were on hand to help present the awards and charity cheques.

The Mayor said: “It just fantastic that this amount of money, which will mean so much to many charities, is raised by kind people who give up time and effort.

“It’s always a brilliant event to watch and everyone should be very proud.”