A GROUP of South Tynesiders took the plunge in support of a brain injury charity.
Friends and family of the late Neil Dunbar took part in the Boxing Day Dip to raise funds for Headway Gateshead and South Tyneside.
Now, they’ve presented the charity, which provides support for people living with brain injuries, with a cheque for £1,000, and they’re expecting to raise a further £1,000 by the time they collect all of their donations.
Mr Dunbar, a dad-of-one, from South Shields, passed away last May at the age of 31 after suffering an aneurysm.
His family and friends rallied round to help others in the same situation.
His pal, Shawn Wales, 38, said: “About 10 of us did the dip on Boxing Day, and Neil’s wife, Eve, chose the charity for us to support and to help raise awareness about the work it does for people and families affected by brain injury.
“The dip wasn’t too bad and we had a lot of fun doing it. I’ve done it before for Cancer Connections, so I knew what to expect.
“It was cold, but it’s not as bad as people think it is.”
Mr Wales, from South Shields, added: “We’re over the moon with how much we’ve raised, and everyone at the charity is really pleased too, which is great. I think we’ll be back to do it again this year, and we’re planning on organising an event this summer to raise money for Headway as well.
“We’re not sure what yet, but we know we want to do something.”
Claire Tritton, community development officer for Headway Gateshead and South Tyneside, said: “A massive thank you to everyone who raised funds by braving the North Sea on Boxing Day, and to all those who have donated so generously to Headway Gateshead and South Tyneside in memory of the late Neil Dunbar.
“The money donated will enable us to provide support and opportunities for people living with brain injuries and their families.”