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A bracing dip - all for the animals.

Byline: Elaine Blackburne news@gazettemedia.co.uk

A CHARITY has thanked supporters who took a soaking to help raise hundreds of pounds. Saltburn Animal Rescue fundraisers were the first into the sea at this year's New Year's Day dip while other volunteers were out at the event with collecting buckets.

Now they are saying a big thank you after they raised PS281 on the day - not counting the sponsorship money, most of which is still to come in.

SARA chair Ann Prosser said: "This is always a wonderful start to a new year.

"We have a lot of work on our hands and sadly the need never lessens.

"It doesn't stop and doesn't get any easier. But the fact that we have so much support is fantastic. This is tangible on New Year's Day.

"It is just such a great feel-good factor."

This is the 20th anniversary of the charity which has rehomed about 6,000, dogs, cats and small animals.

And the dip has become an annual event since one volunteer decided to take the plunge a few years after SARA was founded.

Ann said: "Pat Smith started it off. She said she was going in alone then another person went in with her. It snowballed from there.

"We want to thank the public and supporters to help us every year - and I'm sure the animals would say thank you as well if they could."

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Saltburn Animal Rescue Association held its 20th New Year's Day Dip last week, which raised PS281 on the day, plus sponsorship money still to come

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 6, 2016
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