Skinny dippers plunge into the sea

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A SUNDERLAND skinny dipper was joined by dozens of others to brave the cold North Sea.

Paramedic Jacqueline Higginson, organised the mass naked plunge to raise money for the mental health charity Mind.

Dated: 22/09/2012'Dozens of people brave the chilly North Sea to take part in a mass skinny dip at sunrise this morning (Sat) on Druridge Bay, in Northumberland, as part of a record breaking attempt to have as many naked people in the sea at one time, with the charity event occurring on the day of the autumn equinox.'See story North News' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES

Dated: 22/09/2012'Dozens of people brave the chilly North Sea to take part in a mass skinny dip at sunrise this morning (Sat) on Druridge Bay, in Northumberland, as part of a record breaking attempt to have as many naked people in the sea at one time, with the charity event occurring on the day of the autumn equinox.'See story North News' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES

An estimated 200 people stripped off to take part in the North East Skinny Dip, which was held at Druridge Bay in Northumberland, raising around £2,000 for the charity.

Jacqueline, 34, who lives in Whitburn with her partner Mark Bushell, organised the early morning event to coincide with the autumn equinox.

Although she needed more than 414 naked dippers to join her to break the world record, she was still happy with the turnout.

She said: “It was a unique event to be part of and went better than I could have expected.

Raring to go...Brave Jax Higginson prepares to brave the elements of the North Sea to promote her record - breaking skinny dipping event

Raring to go...Brave Jax Higginson prepares to brave the elements of the North Sea to promote her record - breaking skinny dipping event

“Lots of people turned up and really went with it. The weather was perfect and the sunrise wonderful.

“People have been inundating me with messages of gratitude and saying it made them feel inspired and motivated.”

Dippers travelled from all over the North to take part in the naked plunge and Jacqueline said she is hoping to make it an annual event.

Jacqueline, a regular sea swimmer, decided to organise the North East dip after taking part in the previous Guinness World record skinny dip last year in Wales.

She said: “Druridge Bay was just as good, if not better, than the beach in Wales. It created the same kind of feelings for me and appeared to for everyone else as well.”

Through her experiences, both personal and as a paramedic, Jacqueline knows how mental health issues affect people and wanted to raise awareness and funding for it through the skinny dip.