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New Year dips raise thousands for charities (with video from Laxey)

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The organisers of the New Year’s Day dips have been counting the cash raised during Wednesday’s events.

Southern Dips organiser Lenny Conroy expects funds raised for domestic abuse charity Safe, Strong, Secure (3S) to reach £3,000 through dips at Gansey, Port St Mary, and Port Erin.

Dippers completed the Port St Mary inner harbour dip twice as the sea at Chapel beach was too rough.

About 60 dippers celebrated the 50th Castletown dip, organised by the Castletown Ale Drinkers’ Society.

Money raised for local charities is still being counted. It was moved to the middle harbour due to the conditions.

David Collister said: ‘It was the roughest one I can remember. What a way to celebrate the 50th anniversary!’

Over 100 people took part in Breakthrough Breast Cancer Isle of Man’s Douglas dip.

About £480 was raised through collections – with sponsorship money still coming in. For details on paying in sponsorship money, go to www.douglasdip.im

The dip was moved along the beach following advice from Douglas Coastguard.

Dippers warmed up for the event with Zumba led by Bev Loughran.

Peel dippers raised more than £860 for Peel Lifeboat, Multiple Sclerosis and Manx Workshop for the Disabled, with sponsorship still being collected.

More than 200 dippers braved the sea. Jacqueline Green of Green’s Jewellers in Peel described the conditions as ‘rain, rain and more rain!’

Just 16 dippers entered the sea at Glen Wyllin, raising more than £50 for Hospice.

The Ramsey and Laxey dips were cancelled because of the stormy conditions – but it didn’t stop people handing in sponsorship money and making donations. About 40 entered the sea in Laxey anyway as our video shows

At Laxey, about £800 was raised for Manx Muscular Dystrophy, while at Ramsey a collection of £180 and sponsorship money will be split between the RNLI and Bunscoill Rhumsaa.

 

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