Celebrating a decade of the East Neuk dook

Kevin Corps
Kevin Corps

THE organisers of the traditional Anstruther Harbour plunge have reflected on a decade of East Neuk ‘dooking’.

Several hardy souls braved freezing temperatures on Boxing Day to launch themselves into the freezing North Sea waters to raise cash for local charities and organisations.

The event was set up by local couple Kevin and Fiona Corps, of March Road, 10 years ago to raise funds to support Anstruther Lifeboat Station. Fiona’s uncle was the then coxswain, John Murray.

Fiona said: “11 years ago it was actually me who got Kevin to take part in a plunge when we lived in Birkenhead. The plunge had been organised by work colleagues of mine who were keen for me to take part but, when the day came, there was snow up to our ankles and let’s just say Kevin and I agreed an arrangement which saw Kevin making the icy plunge on my behalf.

“Kevin was in the RAF at the time and no sooner had we moved up to Anstruther but he was getting some of his mates roped into what became the first Anstruther Harbour plunge.”

Last week’s event raised over £5000 which will go towards the Victoria Hospital’s ward 17 which specialises in haematology, oncology and chemotherapy.

The stunning total means that the total cash raised for good causes in the past 10 years has smashed through the £25,000 barrier.

Kevin, who has taken part in all 10 events, said: “Fiona and I were approached by Caroline Horsburgh earlier this year, who was signing up to do the jump, who asked if we would consider supporting ward 17.

“Caroline’s mother, Angela, lost her battle with cancer two years ago and she was keen to do something to raise money to help Ward 17 continue the wonderful work they do.”

The organisers of the event have thanked everybody who took part and all who sponsored them.

“You’ve got to take your hat off to the courage of these people who make the jump,” said Kevin.