Three charity dips enough for Margaret

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AFTER raising well over £2000 for various charities by taking three successive festive plunges into the North Sea, Margaret Goodwin has said she is looking for a new, slightly less cold, challenge to tackle next year.

In 2008 and 2009, Margaret made the trip across the border to Spittal between Christmas and New Year to brave the icy waters but her most recent dip had to be postponed for a few weeks as on her intended date the beach was a blanket of white and the sea was even colder than normal.

Margaret and her friends and supporters eventually descended on the sands on January 28 when Margaret spent seven minutes in the freezing sea, to a soundtrack of Duncan Bell’s bagpipes, raising £800 in the process.

In the past two years Margaret raised £840 which was split between Presenting Coldstream and Coldstream Over 60s and £1130 for Coldstream Pipe Band and Honour Our Troops.

Margaret raised money for the latter again this time round with proceeds also going towards The Prostate Cancer Charity.

Margaret chose this cause in memory of her friend Stuart Tait who lost his life to the condition and because her dad is suffering from the disease at present.

Money is still rolling in and Margaret is hoping to top the £1000 mark for the second year in succession.

“I raised £1130 last year during hard economic times so for the people of Coldstream and the surrounding area to once again put their hands in their pockets for me is amazing.

“There was no way I was going to attempt the dip between Christmas and New Year, I would have been putting my own safety at risk as well as the people who wanted to come to watch.

“Last year was bad enough; the sea was that rough that my husband had to get me out or I would have ended up on Holy Island I reckon.

“If I’d done the dip at the end of December I probably would have had to break the ice on the sea and I’m not that brave!

“I’m getting too old for it now so I’m going to have to think of something else silly to do.

“The sea has got worse every year and I don’t want to risk getting swept away!

“The waves were ginormous this year and the water was very, very cold.”