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Christmas Day Swimmers Get Ready To Take The Plunge

Xmas Swim

9:01am 24th December 2014

250 swimmers plunged into Weymouth's Harbour to raise over £10,000 for charity last year, and this Christmas Day Swim is expected to be even bigger.

Jill Hunter is one of those taking up the challenge tomorrow (25th December), and she'll be raising money for a local boat which takes out the elderly and disabled.

The vessel, MV Freedom, in Weymouth is part of a local charity run by the Friends of the MV Freedom entirely on a voluntary basis.

We spoke to Jill Hunter who told us that because over one thousand people had been out on the boat this year she wanted to help, "I wanted to get involved with a charity where I knew all the money raised is put into the
charity- with nobody paid- and I also wanted to be involved with a charity that was local and affects the people around me. It's so lovely to see these people relax and smile and have a wonderful day out on the water."

Jill also told us they're hoping to buy a new boat next year, "I've got a limit on my just giving page which is £500, but we're hoping to smash that! We need that really to get us into 2015 with a bang."

The annual Weymouth Harbour Christmas Day swim will start with registration at 9.45am, and the first swim at 11am.

More info on the MV Freedom can be found here:www.mvfreedom.co.uk/Content/fundraising.asp

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