THE final figure raised from this year’s Lyme Lunge reached £3,400 for Shelterbox.
The annual Lunge, organised by the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis, sees hundreds of brave swimmers dash down the beach for a quick dip on New Year’s Day.
Funds raised from this year’s event have now been donated to Rotary charity Shelterbox, which provides shelter and tools to those affected by natural disaster or conflict around the world.
A cheque was handed over by Lyme Regis Rotarian Jim Mosley at Shelterbox’s headquarters in Truro.
The Shelterbox World HQ in Truro is an 18-month-old, purpose-built building housing all the admin, accounting, fundraising and purchasing staff. There is also a new visitor centre open to all and stocked with static displays of both the winter and summer tents, along with a special children’s corner. Visitors can also help fill Shelterboxes to be sent around the world.
The main depot where the boxes are filled and distributed is still based at a premises near Helston, where one full-time person runs the operation and all the boxes are still filled by voluntary labour.