A number of local residents,25 in total braved feezing cold waters on New Year’s Day as they took part in a sponsored dip event to raise funds for the Mablethorpe and District Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. It all started off with Staff Sergeant Peter Rogers throwing down a challenge to Poppy Appeal Organiser Mark Reddin to dash into the sea on New Year’s Day as a new idea to raise extra funds for the appeal.
With just two weeks to prepare, word got out about the event and the overall response was amazing.
Mark Reddin explained: “To see 25 people join us on our big New Year’s Dip was amazing. The community spirit was also fantastic to see with a great turn out of people also coming down to the beach to watch the big dip happen.
“Looking at our calculations from sponsorship, the event is set to raise over £2,500 for the Poppy Appeal.
“A big thank you goes out to Flanders Friends who helped organise the event, and support from the RNLI, LIVES, Coastguard and the ATC. Plus we must thank Bobby from the Snack Shack who opened up specially for the event and provided free hot drinks for the dippers and use of his best huts to enable people to get warm.”