A New Year’s Day swim with a difference is taking place in Amble to raise money for a charity and ward that helped a grandmother overcome cancer.
Susan Wintrip, 57, was diagnosed with leukaemia in May last year and went through intensive treatment at Newcastle Freeman Hospital’s Ward 33.
The mother of three and grandmother of four, of Ivy Street, underwent gruelling chemotherapy treatment until September last year and has now been in remission from the disease for a year.
But she wanted to do something to raise funds for the ward where she was treated, to give something back.
So her best friend, Kath Elliott, 55, decided to organise a New Year’s Day Swim – in the North Sea – to raise money for Bright Red, a cancer charity which supports the ward.
“We wanted to do something for Susan and to help other people who will be using the ward,” Kath said.
“So we decided to do a sponsored swim and thought New Year’s Day was a good idea.”
The swim will take place at Little Shore in Amble with those taking part meeting at 10.30am and going into the water at 11am.
“The Coastguard are going to be on standby and we’re hoping they will be armed with hot chocolate for when we get out,” Kath added.
Susan will not be taking part in the swim because she doesn’t want to put back her recovery, but is delighted that the event is taking place.
“I’m still going back and forward from the hospital for checks but I’m doing well,” she said.
“It has been very upsetting for all the family, but everyone has been very supportive.
“I had treatment at ward 33 from May to September last year and I’m just so thankful for what they did to help me that I wanted to give something back.
“The dip will lead on to a bigger event I am organising at the Radcliffe Club in March.”
Anyone who wants to sponsor those taking part in the swim or who would like to join those already signed up can get in touch with Susan on 01665 711168.
Another New Year’s Day dip is being held just up the coast at Alnmouth.