a WEST Shields councillor took a cold plunge to help raise cash for a cancer charity.
Whiteleas councillor and deputy mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson, took part in the Cancer Connections annual Boxing Day dip.
And his efforts on December 26, saw him raise £307 for the charity, based in Harton Lane, South Shields.
A cheque for the amount has now been handed over to Deborah Roberts, co-founder of Cancer Connections.
The money will be ploughed into helping to continue services supporting people diagnosed with cancer and their families. Coun Gibson said: “The support network offered by Cancer Connections, to those diagnosed with cancer and their families, is second to none.
“It was the first time I’ve taken part in the dip and it was just amazing to see how many people are behind such a worthy cause.
“The water was freezing.
“But it hasn’t put me off from taking part next year.
“The Deputy Mayoress, Patricia Ridley, is also considering taking part in the event next year.
“I also want to thank everyone who supported me.”
The event is held every year at Little Haven beach and sees more than 100 people taking part.
Monies raised are ploughed into the charity, which offers help and support to people diagnosed with cancer and their families in South Tyneside, including counselling, complimentary therapies and advice with benefits.
Ms Roberts said: “I can’t thank Coun Gibson enough for taking part in the dip and for raising such a fantastic amount.
“The services we offer make so much difference to the lives of those with cancer and their families, but we wouldn’t be able to offer those services if it wasn’t for the generosity of the people and firms of South Tyneside.
“Cancer Connections relies heavily on public donations and money raised through fundraising events like the dip.”
Cancer Connections can be contacted on 456 5081.