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Brave swimmers plunge into freezing water for Dartford children's charity

PUBLISHED: 18:13 18 February 2014 | UPDATED: 18:13 18 February 2014

TV presenter Ian Palmer broadcasts his feelings after emerging from the pool to onlookers. Photo credit: David Bartholomew

TV presenter Ian Palmer broadcasts his feelings after emerging from the pool to onlookers. Photo credit: David Bartholomew

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These foolhardy swimmers seem unaffected by the recent freezing weather, as they parade around in pool gear to raise money for charity.

Emily Howell shivers at the side of the pool. Photo credit: David BartholomewEmily Howell shivers at the side of the pool. Photo credit: David Bartholomew

Thirty-five swimmers took part in the chYps Children’s Hospice charity’s annual sponsored Chilli Dip Cold Water Swim challenge last Saturday in Sevenoaks.

Kent broadcaster Ian Palmer, of Langton Green, was one of the daring swimmers to take part in the daunting challenge.

Father-of-three Mr Palmer, who is a regular on BBC South East news, said: “I really enjoyed taking part in the Chilli Dip and it was a pleasure to support such a worthwhile local charity. I think I’ve just about recovered.”

Emily Howell, 30, of Penhill Road, Bexley, described the experience as both “terrible and amazing” after completing the challenge and raising almost £500.

Sevenoaks Water Polo team lead the way by diving into the pool first. Photo credit: David BartholomewSevenoaks Water Polo team lead the way by diving into the pool first. Photo credit: David Bartholomew

The mum-of-two said: “As soon as I dived in the impact of the freezing water took my breath away, and I struggled to swim.

“I managed 11 lengths and despite it being really cold, I actually really enjoyed myself.

“I’m also chuffed that I’ve raised nearly £500 for such an amazing local charity.”

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