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Gallery: Fundraisers take a chilly dip in the pool at Moreton Hall Health Club in Bury St Edmunds in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care

PUBLISHED: 09:47 24 February 2014 | UPDATED: 09:47 24 February 2014

The St Nicholas Hospice Big Chilli Dip, at Moreton Hall Health Club, in Bury St Edmunds.

The St Nicholas Hospice Big Chilli Dip, at Moreton Hall Health Club, in Bury St Edmunds.

Swimmers braced themselves as they took the plunge into near-freezing waters to raise money for a west Suffolk hospice.

The Big Chilli Dip, organised by St Nicholas Hospice Care in Bury St Edmunds, involved fundraisers swimming for five minutes in an outdoor pool with water temperatures hovering around 6c.

People brave enough to take part in the event at Moreton Hall Health Club’s outdoor facility yesterday morning were rewarded with a bowl of steaming hot chilli to warm them up.

Each swimmer agreed to collect at least £80 in sponsorship for the hospice. The total raised is expected to be more than £3,700.

Lucy Alfred, events officer at the hospice, said the swimmers did a “grand job” despite the chilly temperature of the water.

Rachel Card, of Stowmarket, took part wearing her bikini after one of her sponsors pledged an extra £20 for her to do so.

The dip was supported by Moreton Hall Health Club and sponsored by Atkins Thomson.

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