Brave Cara is ready to lead Loony Dook

Cara outside Quicksilver Amusements in Kirkcaldy
Cara outside Quicksilver Amusements in Kirkcaldy

A brave Kirkcaldy girl is set to lead those taking part in the 2014 Langtoun Loony Dook into the freezing waters of the Forth.

Cara Breheny (12), has been chosen to perform the honour of leading the dookers into the water on New Year’s Day, and it will be a poignant occasion as she is doing it in memory of her beloved mum Anne-Marie.

Anne-Marie was just 30 years old when she passed away from cancer in 2010. Cara initially lived with her aunt, but for the past year has been brought up by her gran, Jackie Breheny who lives in Leslie Street, Kirkcaldy.

Jackie explained: “Last year Cara went down with her other gran, Marie Erkan, to watch the Loony Dook at Kirkcaldy prom and she said she would love to dook. The woman who organised it knew her gran and asked her to ask Cara if she would like to lead them in on the next one.

“She was delighted and she has done several charity events in aid of cancer since her mum died, the most recent being the Twilight Walk in Edinburgh.”

Cara, a first year pupil at Balwearie High School, is now trying to persuade her aunt, Joanne Morrison, from Livingston, and some cousins to dook with her on January 1.

“She still really misses her mum, so it is not going to be an easy thing for her to do, but she is keen to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, and is excited about doing this,” added Jackie.

And to help boost the funds, Jackie, who is a manager at Quicksilver Amusements in Kirkcaldy, has put collecting tins in her arcade as well as others in Livingston, Glenrothes, Edinburgh and Clydebank.

“I am very proud of Cara for doing this and I know her mum would be too,” she said.