Woman from Felixstowe raises over £2,000 for St Elizabeth Hospice braving a Christmas dip in the North Sea

Elaine Thorpe braved the freezing waters of the North Sea on Christmas Day to raise money for St Eli

Elaine Thorpe braved the freezing waters of the North Sea on Christmas Day to raise money for St Elizabeth Hospice. Picture: SIMON THORPE - Credit: Archant

A woman from Felixstowe has raised over £2,000 for St Elizabeth Hospice after taking a freezing dip in fancy dress on Christmas Day.

Ms Thorpe was inspired by her local choir, Pop Chorus, who had St Elizabeth Hospice as their chosen

Ms Thorpe was inspired by her local choir, Pop Chorus, who had St Elizabeth Hospice as their chosen charity last year. Picture: SIMON THORPE - Credit: Archant

A woman from Felixstowe has raised over £2,000 for St Elizabeth Hospice after taking a freezing dip in fancy dress on Christmas Day.

Elaine Thorpe, 67, decided to brave a swim in the North Sea after becoming inspired by the work her local choir, Pop Chorus, had done for the Ipswich charity.

Having originally aimed to raise £1,000, Ms Thorpe more than doubled her target, collecting a total of £2,100 for the hospice.

She said: “I was so excited and exhilarated on the morning, I couldn’t wait to get into the freezing cold North Sea. I loved it so much, that I went back in for a second time, and actually ‘swam’ both times – I was really on a high by then!

“My original aim was to raise £1,000, so I contacted all my local friends, and very soon reached £1,200, so I then raised my goal to £1,500. I contacted more and more friends nationwide, and found their generosity completely overwhelming. When I reached £1,600, I thought ‘I’m going for gold now’ and increased my target to £2,000.

“I am now extremely pleased and very proud to announce the grand total I raised is £2100!

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“A most worthy cause for a local charity gives such a sense of achievement, and greatly helps those in desperate need.”

To find out more about St Elizabeth Hospice, and how to donate, go to www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk.

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