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Cromarty Firth dippers raise £300 for Haven Appeal

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DOZENS of plucky swimmers braved the cold to plunge into the Cromarty Firth to help raise £300 for a project aiming to help children and young adults with complex needs.

The annual new year dip at Cromarty, publicised via social media and word of mouth, attracted about 50 dippers plus crowds of supporters who gave donations to help the Haven Appeal.

The £4 million fundraising campaign aims to build Scotland’s first multi-purpose centre for children and young people with severe learning disabilities at a site in Smithton.

Cromarty resident Laura Shepherd, who has an autistic son, arranged for bucket collections while friends served hot drinks and soup in return for donations.

“I think at least half the people taking part were from other areas and had heard about the splash,” she said. “It was a wee bit windy but everyone was quite happy.”

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