80-year-old takes a dip in the nip ... all in a great cause!

A DARING grandad has raised vital funds for charity by taking a Boxing Day dip in the freezing Firth of Clyde.

William McNiff took part in 'Dip with a Nip' at Prestwick and raised 125 for the CLIC Sargent children's charity.

It's the third year William, from Kirkintilloch, has taken part in the challenge.

Hundreds of people took part in the event, but Celtic fan William was first in the water as he wanted to get back in time to see his team play against St Johnstone later that day.

The former paratrooper and boxer said: "It normally takes place at 1pm, but was moved to the later time of 2pm, so I wouldn't have been able to make it to the game.

"I asked permission to go in the water a bit early as I didn't want to miss taking part.

"It wasn't ideal conditions with the high waves, but I managed to have a quick swim. CLIC Sargent is a really worthwhile charity and I've met some of the kids at Malcolm Sargent House."

William was also due to take part in the New Year's Day dip in the Gareloch, near Rhu, for the 13th time. The event raises money for the Lifeboat Fund.

May Gilchrist, fundraising manager for CLIC Sargent, said: "William was one of the oldest people to take part and he did a fantastic job.

"He was totally fearless running into the freezing water."