Charity swimmers brave icy seas

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EIGHT hardy and brave people plunged into the North Sea in freezing conditions to help raise money for a charity which supported the late Sue Spofforth, from Wyvertsone, as she battled Alzheimer’s.

Her daughters Vic, Lucy, Eliza and Anna and son Sam were joined by stepson Mark Spofforth, with Georgie Burr and William Skellorn as they ran into the sea at Walberswick for a brief and chilly dip.

The family commemorated the third anniversary of Sue’s death with the Christmas Eve dip and have so far raised £2,500 for the Needham Market branch of the Alzheimer’s Society.

The short swim was in sea temperatures of 6C, but it was zero outside with a keen wind. Afterwards, the swimmers wrapped themselves in thermal blankets before heading off to The Anchor for lunch and a good warm through.

Vic, a former Bury Free Press photographer who now works freelance, said: “It was one of those weird days when you feel a bit down but you need to be busy having something positive to focus on and it was good to be able to help others in a similar situation. Needham Market were very supportive and mum used to go twice a week.”

Vic has also taken part in a bike ride, completed a half marathon and the Tough Guy assault course to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Socierty.

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