Chilly charge for charity at Leven beach

The cluster of ‘dippers’ may have been smaller than in past years – but the enthusiasm and sincerity was as vibrant as ever at Leven’s annual charity Boxing Day Dip.

A band of brave souls donned fancy dress and endured a brief drenching in the icy waters of the Forth to raise money for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.

Boxing Day Dip at Leven beach in aid of CLIC Sargent

Boxing Day Dip at Leven beach in aid of CLIC Sargent

Participants – cheered on as usual by onlookers at the Prom’ car park opposite Church Road – included a few first-time participants and some seasoned ‘dippers’, many of whom were supporting the venture for personal and family reasons. Businesses, like Leven’s Taste Of India restaurant, and community organisations, such as No Knives In Fife, also took part.

For Fife Council employees Louise Ballantyne and Angela Knox, both of Leven, it was a case of ‘better late than never’.

“We were sitting in the Caledonian Hotel on ‘Black Friday’ and saw the posters, so we decided then to do it,” explained Louise. “We got most of our sponsorship money around the Christmas dinner table!”

CLIC Sargent fund-raising manager Deirdre Curley said: “There was an amazing response from everybody – all the local businesses and restaurants helping out, and people supporting it through the Just Giving page as well.

“I was really amazed by the support of everybody coming out to watch and they have been extremely generous, adding to our bucket collections.”