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Thousands expected for Wembury New Year’s Day swim 10th anniversary

People taking part in the Wembury New Year's Day swim. Credit: Chris Marshall

More than 2,000 people are expected to take part in Wembury’s New Year’s Day swim to mark its 10th anniversary.

The swim, which sees brave swimmers take to the waves at Wembury beach near Plymouth, was founded in 2010 by 85-year-old Terry Clarke.

Since Terry first decided to take the plunge, the swim has grown into a major event - with hundreds taking part.

The swim was founded by 85-year-old Terry Clarke. Credit: Chris Marshall

I take a lot of pleasure from seeing everyone's smiles and hearing the laughter and shrieks on the day, not to mention the satisfaction from knowing that the money raised is going somewhere where there is a real need.

– Terry Clarke

Money raised from the event is donated to a local charity and, this year, Terry has chosen to support Derriford Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

He heard about the NICU, which provides care for very ill newborn babies and their parents, while waiting for a hospital appointment.

Are you going to go for a dip? Credit: Chris Marshall

Terry is a fundraising superhero, from organising carol concerts at school to putting on annual events of this scale.

Charitable donations from events like these go a long way to making a big difference. NICU will spend the money on small bits of equipment and a hardship fund for parents who find themselves in unexpected circumstances, coping with a very poorly baby and potentially miles away from home.

We're extremely grateful to Terry and that he's chosen to support the tiniest babies receiving the best of care this year.

– Corrine Bailey, Plymouth Hospitals Charity Development Manager

All donations are welcome on the day, with the fancy dress competition starting at 1pm and the 'big plunge' at 2pm.