New Years Eve Dip Raises £149 for St Bees RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Kelsey Chambers aged 14 dressed as an Elf took part in the New Years Eve dip on the Golden Sands in Whitehaven raising a magnificent £149.00 for the charity.

Kelsey and her friend looking cold even before the dip in the sea

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Kelsey and her friend before the dip

Kelsey is donating her sponsor money to St Bees RNLI in memory of her late Great Granda Raymond Bull who was a keen fisherman and supporter of the RNLI.

Dick Beddows, Lifeboat Operations Manager said ‘Thanks for your support Kelsey and for braving the cold Irish Sea. The money you raised will help us in our aim to reduce preventable loss of life at sea’.

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The two girls drying off and getting warmed up after their dip in the sea

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Warming up and drying off

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