MONEY gathered from Leven’s Boxing Day Dip is already well on route to smashing its £7000 target figure.
Cash collections for CLIC Sargent followed the record-entry plunge at Leven beach - with nine families handing over more than £3000 on the day.
Organiser Hamish Alldridge said the children’s charity was overwhelmed by the support, from stalwarts who have taken part every year, as well as newcomers, to everyone else who’d helped spread the Dip message.
A tremendous amount of money had been raised by a relatively small number of people, he added, and CLIC Sargent responded with sincere thanks.
With the sum already collected, plus money due from around 40 other revellers at the December 26 spectacular, Mr Alldridge was confident the target figure would be handsomely exceeded - with over £22,000 already amassed since the debut Dip in 2008.
Although temperatures for 2011 were higher than the previous year, most fancy-dress bathers only stayed in the water a matter of seconds, because of the rough seas and blustery, biting wind. Some said the combination of wind chill and milder weather made the water feel warmer– until they came out.
One eight-year-old, accompanied by his dad, became the youngest ever entrant, after a special request.
Afterwards, amid congratulations from a large crowd of spectators and well-wishers, it was a time for a quick towel-off and warm up, with the Caledonian Hotel providing soup and sandwiches for participants.
Mr Alldridge said the record entry was a measure of how well supported the event was by the Levenmouth community, and beyond. He was particularly grateful to regular entrants, including the Simpson, Davidson, Brown, Thorburn and Young families, among others, and everyone else who took part, plus the medics and safety boat crew.