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Hundreds go naked to raise money for charity (photos)

Hundreds go naked to raise money for charity (photos)

About 400 people stripped down and dived into the freezing North Sea to raise money for mental health charity in Briain on September 25.

Hundreds go naked to raise money for charity (photos)

Naked bathers enter the water as they take part in the annual North East Skinny Dip at sunrise at Druridge Bay

The annual event which has been on for five years now is done to celebrate the first official day of autumn, as well as raising money for charity. The event took place at sunrise, after the autumn equinox - which occurred last Thursday. The participants gathered at Druridge Bay, in Northumberland after paying a fee of £12 before the event, which gets donated to charity.

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Hundreds go naked to raise money for charity (photos)

A woman runs into the water during the event, which saw its biggest turnout this year

The organiser, Jax Higginson, who is from Sunderland, came up with the idea after attending a similar event in Wales. He told Chronicle Live:

“We always have a positive response. People do it one year then come back again and again. We’ve grown every year so far - people come back with a friend.”

According to Jax, the idea behind doing it at dawn is to run towards a rising sun “celebrating the summer and welcoming the winter”.

Hundreds go naked to raise money for charity (photos)

The event celebrates the first day of autumn, also known as the autumn equinox

One of the participant this year, Ellen Headingly, who is 45 years old, was reluctant to do the dip last year but her friends cajoled her and she said she enjoyed the experience last year. So she decided to come for the experience on  her own again this year.

Hundreds go naked to raise money for charity (photos)

It also is held to raise money for mental health charity MIND

“I didn’t want to do it last year, it isn’t something I ever thought I would enjoy at all. But I managed to do it in 2015 and absolutely loved it, it was very peaceful and liberating. It’s quite a strong experience and I wanted to come back and do it again. It was quite clear and sunny last year - we could see the sun rising quite clearly and that hasn’t happened this year. It was a different atmosphere last year too. The sea was far, far calmer and it was a lot more peaceful and quiet. Because of the clear skies it was far chillier last year, ” she said.

More photos below:

Hundreds go naked to raise money for charity (photos)

It rained for the first time in the event's five-year history this morning

Hundreds go naked to raise money for charity (photos)

A woman bares all as she sprints across the sand

Hundreds go naked to raise money for charity (photos)

People gathered at 5.30am before charging into the icy waters

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