Sunderland charity champ ‘overwhelmed’ by Boxing Day dippers’ fundraising

Fundraiser Julie Reay, who won the Lions Club Cup.
Fundraiser Julie Reay, who won the Lions Club Cup.
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DIPPERS who braved the ice cold conditions of the North Sea to raise money for worthy causes last Boxing Day have been recognised for their sterling efforts.

Participants of 2014’s Boxing Day Dip on Sunderland seafront were at a presentation night organised by the city’s Lions Club at the Chesters pub, in Chester Road.

Boxing Day dippers.

Boxing Day dippers.

Prizes such as The Echo Cup, the Seaburn Centre Wow Award and the Outstanding Effort honour were handed out to dippers who collectively have raised thousands of pounds for charities in need.

Charity champ Julie Reay once again won the Lions Club Cup for her Footprints in the Sand fund-raising team, which was set up following the death of her son Peter Lane who died in a rope swing accident in 2002.

After a decade of entering her team for the dip each Boxing Day, Julie decided that 2014 would be the last.

Julie told the Echo: “I really am overwhelmed.

I really can’t thank you enough, it has made 10 years of dipping so worth it.

Fund-raiser Julie Reay

“What a fantastic achievement by my fabulous brave dippers and what a legacy for Peter’s trust fund, 10 memorable years of winning this award for raising the most money from a group of teams.

“Of course I had decided last year that that was to be our final dip and really wanted to go out on a high and we sure did.

“We all had a wonderful day and did make it one that we will never forget.”

Julie added: “We raised a staggering £7,610 which of course 20 per cent goes to Sunderland Lions Club for their charities.

Boxing Day Dippers.

Boxing Day Dippers.

“The remainder will be split between our four chosen charities, Cancer Research UK, 4Louis, Kian’s Gift and Sunderland RNLI.

“May I take this opportunity to send my heartfelt thanks to all my dippers you really have given me the strength and encouragement your love and support you are just amazing and, of course, all our sponsors over the years for being there when times have been hard and still giving so generously.

“I really can’t thank you enough, it has made 10 years of dipping so worth it.”