DOZENS of brave South Tynesiders stepped up to help a brave teenager raise money for a cancer charity.
Friends and family members of Alex Turner braved the icy cold of the North Sea to raise £300 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The event was part of the 15-year-old’s fundraising efforts for the trust.
Since being diagnosed with laryngeal cancer, an uncommon type of cancer that develops inside the tissue of the voice box, in October, Alex has vowed to raise £50,000 for the charity.
The St Wilfrid’s RC College pupil, of Westoe Road, South Shields, has recruited her friends and family to help with her fundraising, and they’ve dubbed themselves Alex’s Angels.
Alex said: “It’s amazing to know how many people were there supporting me, I was so overwhelmed and I’m so grateful for the help of everyone around me.”
Her dad, Mark Purvis, added: “What a day. After helping Alex organise her Boxing Day Dip, all I was hoping for was a decent turn-out with everyone wearing Alex’s Angels tops or Angel Wings.
“We had a tent set up for registration and refreshments, and the beach was set up with a runway to the sea before the crowds turned up. We had more than 200 people in Alex’s Angels T-Shirts and angel wings who took part in the dip and about 300 people watching.
“What also amazes me is how everyone came together in such a short space of time to make this a success. To round it all off, Alex somehow made it down to the sea front to watch everyone take the plunge.”
Mum Joanne Turner, added: “Team Alex’s Angels did her proud, the support shown continues to humble me and I thank you all.”
Alex is still undergoing radiotherapy and chemotherapy to treat her cancer.