Come in, the water’s lovely...


NO East Fife haven’t made four new signings, these ladies are in fact part of a group of hardy fundraisers aiming to raise cash for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.

Leven woman Viki Simpson (43), pictured far right, along with Taylor Gillies (14) and her niece Alix Davidson (14) and her sister Julie Simpson (38) are all taking part in the annual Boxing Day dip off the town’s prom, and to show their team spirit have decided to do it wearing the strips of their favourite local side East Fife.

The girls along with a couple of dozen others, each wearing a variety of fancy dress outfits, will be diving into the icy waters of the Forth on December 26 but need your help to make it worthwhile.

Last year around 30 Fifers joined in, with many more viewing from the relative warmth of the shoreline, and since the dip was launched in 2008 they have helped raise £22,000 for the charity.

But, hoping to raise even more money this time round, Viki, who is part of the editorial team at the Mail, is urging readers to either join in and take a dip with them or dip into their pockets and donate if they don’t think they can face the cold sea.

“This is the fourth year a group of us have done it so it is becoming a Christmas tradition,” Viki said.

“We always dress up and last year we were all wearing Santa costumes.

“The water is absolutely freezing but a few minutes of misery is nothing compared to what some of the people CLIC Sargent help, go through every day.

“I know it’s Christmas and money is tight for a lot of people but it would be great if some of the Mail’s readers could sponsor us or make a donation to help raise as much money as possible for this fantastic charity.”

Those still interested in taking part in the dip should contact organiser Hamish Alldridge on 01382 223937 or 0796 809 8939, email

CASH FOR COLD: For those wishing to donate to Viki’s team a sponsor sheet is available in the East Fife Mail’s Mitchell Street office alongside a tin for those wanting to give loose change.