More than 150 swimmers – cheered on by hundreds of well-wishers on the beach –  braved the winter weather to plunge into the sea for the Annual Boxing Day Swim in Aldeburgh.

Organiser Mark Fairweather said that collection boxes were still being counted but he hoped the total raised would be more than £3,000, with the proceeds being divided between East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) and Medecins Sans Frontieres.

A special donation was also being made to the RNLI in Aldeburgh after a recent break-in which will cost thousands of pounds to repair.

Mr Fairweather said that medical charities normally benefit from the money raised, but the organisers felt that a donation to the Aldeburgh Lifeboat was appropriate..”to show them they have the full support of the local community. We just had to do something for them.”

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Photographs kindly supplied by MIKE SHEPHERD