Dip­pers lim­ber up to take the ice-cold plunge

Sunderland Echo - - News - By Katy Wheeler Katy.Wheeler@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @katyjourno

One of Sun­der­land’s loud­est and proud­est Box­ing Day Dip teams are get­ting ready to take the plunge.

Char­ity cham­pion Julie Reay will once again lead her band of merry dip­pers into the North Sea on De­cem­ber 26.

They’ll be rais­ing money for the Peter David Lane Trust Fund – which was set up in mem­ory of Julie’s son Peter, who died in a tragic rope swing ac­ci­dent in Gal­leys Gill, Sun­der­land.

Changes have been made to the dip this year be­cause of the clo­sure of the Se­aburn Cen­tre as part of the seafront re­de­vel­op­ment.

The beloved event’s fu­ture was thrown into doubt un­til a new home was found at the Mar­riott Ho­tel, in Queen’s Pa­rade, where dip­pers will meet to reg­is­ter and warm up af­ter the event this year.

Julie says al­though the venue change has cut the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants due to less space, she is as ex­cited as ever to take part.

She said: “This year we will leave from the Mar­riott Ho­tel and due to these changes, num­bers have been cut and teams have a max­i­mum of 20 dip­pers.

“Of course this has been hard for me, but I am thrilled and very proud to be putting my team to­gether in mem­ory of my pre­cious son Peter.

“Our team, al­though much smaller than pre­vi­ous years, will still be named Foot­prints in the Sand and all money raised will be do­nated to a char­ity close to our hearts, 4Louis.”

Set up by Houghton mum Kirsty McGur­rell and her fam­ily, the 4Louis char­ity pro­vides mem­ory boxes free of charge to hos­pi­tals so that be­reaved par­ents can trea­sure keep­sakes of their lit­tle ones.

They also pro­vide hos­pi­tals with cud­dle cots, a spe­cial­ist piece of equip­ment de­signed to help par­ents spend longer with their de­ceased chil­dren, as well as sup­port­ing hos­pi­tals with fund­ing for be­reave­ment and coun­selling ser­vices.

Julie added: “I want to send a spe­cial thank you to Keith and Darren and all staff from Total Sports, who again have do­nated our fab­u­lous T-shirts. I’d also like to thank our amaz­ing spon­sors – with their help and sup­port and gen­er­ous do­na­tions, we aim to raise a fan­tas­tic amount to help this won­der­ful char­ity.”

The clos­ing date for en­tries into the Box­ing Day Dip is De­cem­ber 12 and there are still places left. To en­ter, con­tact sun­der­land. lions@vir­gin­media.com or tele­phone Jim Ni­col on 0191 5654207.

Julie Reay and her Box­ing Day 2017 dip team.

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