Hunstanton’s festive swimmers raise thousands for charities

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More than £5,500 has so far been raised for good causes through Hunstanton’s Christmas Day swim and money is still coming in.

Around 175 swimmers participated in the annual event in December, one of the highest numbers on record.

And officials from the Hunstanton Round Table, who organised the event, visited the resort’s Lifeboat station on Sunday to present £2,000 from the event to the local RNLI.

The group expects to raise around £6,000 in total and Neil Wells, who organised the event for the Round Table, said: “It’s one of the better years we have had.”

The RNLI was chosen as one of the main beneficiaries of the swim in recognition of its efforts to save long-time swim supporter Sean Sands, who died in a kitesurfing accident off Hunstanton last March. The swim was also staged in his memory.

A further £2,000 has already been donated to the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA), who organisers announced as the other main beneficiary ahead of the swim in thanks for their efforts to help Mr Sands on the day of his death.

The remaining proceeds will be divided between other good causes who bid for a share of the money.

Anyone who has yet to give their sponsorship money from the swim should do so by next Friday, March 11, at the latest.

Details of where to send money to can still be found online at