MORE than two dozen hardy souls plunged into the freezing cold waters of Anstruther harbour on Boxing Day in aid of charity.
A total of 32 brave participants shrugged off the howling gales whipping across the East Neuk port to complete the “leap of faith” into the uninviting North Sea.
The charity fundraising event was set up 10 years ago by local couple, Kevin and Fiona Corps, to raise funds in support of the local Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s station when Fiona’s uncle, John Murray, was then the coxswain.
Such was the success of the inaugural event that the potential for other charities and organisations to benefit was realised and the ‘‘Boxing Day Plunge’’ is now an annual feature.
All proceeds this year will be donated to Ward 17 at the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, which specialises in haematology, oncology and chemotherapy.
Kevin, who has taken part in all 10 events, told the Citizen:”We were approached by Caroline Horsburgh earlier this year, who was signing up to do the jump, and she asked if we would consider supporting the hospital.
‘‘Her mother, Angela, lost her battle with cancer two years ago and Caroline was keen to do something to raise money to help the ward continue the wonderful work they do.”
The Boxing Day initiative raised over £5000, bringing the total over the past decade to well over £25,000.
Kevin added: ”You’ve got to take your hat off to the courage of these people who make the jump.”
The Anstruther lifeboat crew provided safety cover for the plunge, Steve Stewart and Kev Walker of the First Responders gave first aid cover and local diver, Hugh Bairner, was on hand for underwater rescue cover.
The Bank Bar and Kitchen sponsored the T-shirts and the Secret Bunker provided the minibus to transport the participants to the jump zone, while other local businesses and residents weighed in with support.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary, a number of awards were made including the presentation of an engraved quaich to the Anstruther lifeboat crew for their ongoing support, and engraved hip flasks to Kevin Corps and Barry Gourlay, who have completed all 10 jumps.