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Saturday, 20 September 2014

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Friends’ New Year’s Eve sea dip helps to support charity

Friends of a Maryport woman who is suffering from cancer have raised more than £1,000 for charity.

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FUND-RAISING PLUNGE: Maryport woman Clare Lumby, second right, with, from left, her son Liam McAvoy and Ashleigh Henson, who work at the Castle Bar, and friend Kim McKenzie

Clare Lumby, 44, of Christian Street, is suffering from breast and ovarian cancer and is having chemotherapy in Manchester.

Her friend Kim McKenzie, of Little Broughton, organised a New Year’s Eve dip in the sea to raise money for Hospice at Home West Cumbria and the Eden Valley Hospice.

Eleven of Clare’s friends were sponsored to take a plunge in the water at Parton, near Whitehaven, on New Year’s Eve.

Kim, of Little Broughton, said: “A couple of the children involved said they wanted to do a head shave but we saw the information about the New Year’s Day dip at Whitehaven and decided to do one of our own. It will now probably turn into an annual event.”

Kim’s son Liam McAvoy also collected donations from staff at Cockermouth’s Castle Bar, where he works.

Clare overcame cancer 14 years ago but it returned three years ago.

She said: “It was a shock when it came back. It is really tough and you take each day as it comes.

“You have got to put your head down and get on with it.

“It is brilliant that my friends raised so much money in such a short space of time.”

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