Brave Sandancers prepare for South Shields Boxing Day dips

People in South Tyneside will be braving the cold this Boxing Day as they run into the North Sea.
People in South Tyneside will be braving the cold this Boxing Day as they run into the North Sea.

PEOPLE will be braving the icy cold of the North Sea for a range of charities this week.

Three Boxing Day dips are set to go ahead in South Shields.

While many are recovering from a day of over-indulgence, hundreds of charity champions will don festive outfits and fancy dress to run into the sea.

The first dip will take place at 10.30am near the Water’s Edge pub, in South Foreshore.

The event will raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust and was set up by 15-year-old Alex Turner, who was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer, an uncommon type of cancer that develops inside the tissue of the voice box, in October.

The St Wilfrid’s RC College pupil, of Westoe Road, South Shields, set herself a £50,000 fundraising target for the charity to help others like herself.

The second dip will go ahead at 11am in aid of Cancer Connections.

People will brave the cold at Littlehaven beach to raise funds for the charity, based in Harton Lane, South Shields.

The organisation offers therapies, counselling and support to South Tyneside cancer patients and their families.

The third and final Boxing Day dip will benefit St Clare’s Hospice.

The charity, in Primrose Terrace, Jarrow, provides palliative care to the people of South Tyneside with life-limiting illnesses.

It will go ahead at Sandhaven beach, at noon.

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