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PICTURES: Highland Hospice supporters raise £20,000 by wild swimming throughout September

By Staff Reporter

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SWIMMERS of all ages brought a month-long fundraising challenge by Highland Hospice to a spectacular close when they took to the waters of Loch Ness at Dores last week.

The hospice had invited people to fundraise on its behalf by getting sponsored to go wild swimming, with more than £20,000 being raised as a result.

The final dook of the challenge took place at Dores on September 30 with the cold weather failing to deter swimmers of all abilities from taking the plunge in aid of the charity, which provides vital end of life care and support to people from right across the Highlands.

Hospice fundraiser Karen Duff said: “This has been such an incredible fundraiser – a lot of people started dooking on their own and have ended up meeting lots of other people and making friends throughout the challenge.

“This along with the many health benefits of wild swimming and raising such a fantastic amount for a great cause has made it a huge success!”

Anyone thinking of taking up wild swimming is urged to follow water safety advice.

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