Swimmers plunge into cold sea to help raise charity cash

Willingdon FC Boxing Day swim
Willingdon FC Boxing Day swim
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FIFTY plucky swimmers braved the icy waters for the annual Boxing Day dip in the sea organised by Willingdon Football Club.

The charity plunge was the 25th held by the club to raise money for the Eastbourne Alzheimer’s Society and saw the swimmers running in to the sea by the Bandstand.

John Shepherd from the club said, “Thanks to all those who braved the icy sea on Boxing Day and also to the hard working bucket collectors.

“We just reached our target of 50 dippers thanks to the hardy souls who changed on the beach.

“Brian Kensett set a difficult to beat record of 17 Christmas swims with Geoff Gray, Chris Scott and Dids Hill notching 12 and 10 swims.

“Alan Betts was the only swimmer from the original first Dons swim, leading the way for the current generation, including his son Joe, of Dons players.

“Darren Kendall has done a great job in doubling his charity money, thanks to his employer Barclays Bank which is matching Darren pound for pound.

“The Mid Sussex League’s main sponsor, Robert Gray, attended the swim with league secretary Lawrie Parsons, who were impressed with the event and both donated generous sponsorship.

“We hope to raise a record amount this year.”