Swim raises £200 for unit

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A HARDY group of 12 local swimmers braved the sub-zero temperatures on New Year’s Day to raise funds for Montrose Maternity Unit (MMU).

Now in its fourth year, the annual plunge at Montrose beachfront has grown in popularity with both swimmers and spectators.

It was started by local man Scott O’Hara and his friend Pedro Cabrelli who were the only participant initially. The following year that had increased to five swimmers and £85 was raised for MMU.

Last year attracted eight swimmers, but this year saw the biggest turnout for possibly the coldest swim the group has undertaken, helping them to raise more than £200.

Alison O’Hara, who was one of the 12, said: “Quite a lot of people came and watched, not just family but people we don’t know. They were obviously out for a walk around the beach, came to see what was going on and were good enough to cheer us on and make donations.”