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Island swimmer raises £50,000 for charity

Anna Wardley has smashed for targets for 2013 Credit: Navitus Bay

2013 has been a great year for swimmer Anna Wardley after she smashed her fundraising target of £50,000.

The money raised will go to the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.

Last year saw Anna become the first person in three decades to swim solo around the Isle of Wight and she did it in 26 hours and 33 minutes.

In another swimming challenge, Anna attempted to cross the Cabrera Channel and was the first female to complete the 27 km swim in 12 hours.

The swimmer has worked hard to swim round 5 islands Credit: Navitus Bay

No-one had previously attempted to swim the 30 miles around Tiree in the Inner Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland.

Unfortunately Anna had to abandon the swim after her teeth were chattering so much she could no longer breathe properly.

At the end of July, she arranged a 10 km swim from Ryde to Cowes with the 11 swimmers raising thousands of pounds for her three charities.

The recent tallied total after Anna's swims now exceed £58,000, including over £16,000 for the Samaritans in memory of her dad who she lost when she was nine.

Anna wearing her wonder woman swimsuit ahead of her training Credit: Navitus Bay

She was told by the Portsmouth branch of the Samaritans that the £2,272 they received would answer around 2,800 calls over the Christmas and New Year period.

Speaking about her successful year, Anna said: "Every year, I think that the next year can never top the last one and every year it does.

I'd just like to wish all my friends and supporters all over the world a very Happy New Year."

Christmas Day swim cancelled due to bad weather

Brighton Swimming Club Christmas Day swim in 2009 Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive

Swimmers hoping to take part in a traditional Christmas Day dip in the sea in Brighton will have to wait until next year following a decision to close the beach.

Brighton and Hove City Council will close the part of the beach where the swim takes place because of the severe weather conditions.

Last year council officials closed the beach because of "extremely dangerous" conditions which saw winds of up to 30mph, a high tide and a heavy sea swell forecast.

Taking a dip - the Christmas Day swim in 2009 Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive

The swim, organised by Brighton Swimming Club every year since 1860, usually takes place near the Palace Pier at 11am and attracts scores of participants.

A council spokeswoman said: "The weather forecast for the Christmas period at the moment is for high winds and dangerous conditions for both novice and experienced swimmers."

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Shivering dippers raise Boxing Day charity cash

A chill winds blows at Folkestone, but it fails to deter Boxing Day dippers Credit: David McDine

The traditional Boxing Day dip attracted more than 100 hardy souls. It was organised by the Folkestone Lions Club. Lots of money was raised by the sunbathers in fancy dress.

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Their word is their bond....fancy dress was the order of the day at Folkestone Credit: David McDine
The beach was packed on Boxing Day Credit: David McDine