Record number of swimmers take the plunge

By Abby Rugg

Published on Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 11:58


Record number of swimmers take the plunge

Swimmers run into the sea at Ventnor on Boxing Day. Picture by Jennifer Burton

MORE than 200 people braved the chilly sea at Ventnor on Boxing Day to raise money for an Island charity.

A crowd of 2,000 stood along the Esplanade to watch the swimmers plunge in — making it the biggest Isle of Wight Boxing Day swim ever.

A total of £1,105.25 was raised through bucket collections for Ventnor charity, People’s Approach To Cancer Help (PATCH).

Kate England, 29, of Cowes, said she took part in the swim this year to support PATCH, after her mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in September.

She said: "The charity was amazing when my mum was diagnosed with cancer. The financial support they gave her was fantastic so I, with my family, wanted to take part in the swim to give money back to them."

For full report and pictures, see Friday's County Press.



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