Dooking for cancer cash success

The proceeds from this year's New Year dook were presented on Thursday. Pictured are, from left - Neil Swankie, RNLI; Richard Cowie, Cancer Research UK; Ruby Wales, youngest dooker aged seven; Hilda Valentine oldest dooker aged years and Ron Churchill, RNLI.
The proceeds from this year's New Year dook were presented on Thursday. Pictured are, from left - Neil Swankie, RNLI; Richard Cowie, Cancer Research UK; Ruby Wales, youngest dooker aged seven; Hilda Valentine oldest dooker aged years and Ron Churchill, RNLI.

DOOKERS who braved the cold sea on New Year’s Day have presented a cheque for over £3,000 to Cancer Research UK.

On Thursday, the formal presentation of the cash took place at the lifeboat station, where this year’s event took place.

The dook, organised by the Angus fund-raising committee of Cancer Research UK, was the biggest to date with more participants than ever taking part.

A grand total of £3,416 has been collected and on Thursday it was handed over to Cancer Research UK representative Richard Cowie.

Presenting him with the cheque were the oldest dooker, Hilda Valentine, who at 74 took part in the New Year dip.

Joining her was seven-year-old Ruby Wales, who was this year’s youngest participant.

The pair also welcomed Neil Swankie and Ron Church from the Arbroath RNLI crew to assist them.

The RNLI played a big part in this year’s event as they allowed the lifeboat station to be used on the day and made sure all the dookers were safe.

Now the Angus fund-raising committee will be turning their attentions to the next biggest fund-raiser, the Arbroath Relay for Life.

Teams can already register to take part in the 24-hour event, which this year has the theme of ‘Heroes and Villains’.