HARDY souls who braved the icy waters of Seaburn to raise thousands of pounds for charity have earned their reward.
Sunderland Lions Club held its annual Boxing Day Dip prize-giving at Chesters pub.
As well as distribution of this year’s trophies, the night saw a presentation by the Lions’ Peter Fielding on the work the organisation does on Wearside.
“It was a really good night and the atmosphere was great,” said his wife Anne.
Fund-raisers have pledged about £78,000 after this year’s event, but some £20,000 is still outstanding.
The Lions take a cut of all money raised in return for organising the event, which is used to fund the club’s own charitable works across the city.
“We would be grateful if everyone could get their money in as soon as possible,” said Anne.
Julie Reay, from Barnes, and her dedicated band of Boxing Day dippers, took home the Lions Club Cup for the seventh year running.
At last year’s event they raised just over £5,000 for the Great North Air Ambulance Service.
Julie, who fund-raises in memory of her son Peter Lane, who died in a rope swing accident when he was 13, said: “ I am thrilled. To take home the cup for seven years running is quite a record.
“I have to thank from the bottom of my heart my wonderful crazy dippers, without them this would not be possible. Their continued support to Peter’s fund is first class.
“Each one is a very special person who gets out of their warm cosy bed on Boxing Day to run into the cold North Sea. amazing.”
This year’s winners:
Echo Cup: St Columba’s Players;
Sarah Cheverton Trophy: Steven Udale;
Seaburn Centre WOW Award: Dippy Birds;
Unwin Trophy: The Tu Tu’s;
Stuart L.Kohn Cup: Dirty Dippers;
Outstanding Effort Award: Jill’s Girls;
Lions Club Cup: Footprints in the Sand;
Lions Special Merit Shield: Michael Shuttleworth;
Sun City Cup: Julie Carmichael;
The Mayor’s Trophy: David Jacques;
Paula Godfrey Award: Katherine Lloyd.