Gorleston dippers take New Year's Day hospice plunge

Dippers in Gorleston on New Year's Day
Image caption About 70 people braved Gorleston's New Year's Day fundraising charity plunge

New Year's Day swimmers have taken a North Sea dip off the Norfolk coast to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

About 70 people took the plunge from Gorleston beach in support of the St Elizabeth Hospice, which cares for people in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Fundraiser Leanne Carhart said: "We're so grateful to everyone who took part to help raise money for the hospice."

Organisers hope the event raised about £3,000, enough to fund a specialist nurse for more than a month.

Image caption The Gorleston dip took place about 10:30 GMT starting with a dash into the North Sea

Ms Carhart added: "We expanded our free services into Waveney and Great Yarmouth over a year ago and have cared for over 100 patients in the area so far.

"The money raised from the New Year's Day Dip will go towards helping improve life for more people living with illness."

St Elizabeth Hospice is an independent local charity investing £2.2m over three years in services in Waveney and Great Yarmouth.

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