82-year-old grandad plunges into freezing water ... for charity

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A HARDY pensioner brought in the New Year ... by plunging into the chilly Gareloch to raise money for charity.

Bill McNiff (82) was the oldest swimmer at the annual New Year Swim at Rhu – it was the 15th time he has taken part in the event.

Bill was joined by around 200 people for the swim, which raised nearly £700 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

He also braved the freezing Firth of Clyde on Boxing Day for the ‘Dip with a Nip’ at Prestwick to raise £87 for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent Scotland.

The former paratrooper and boxer, from Kirkintilloch, said: “At Gareloch you dive in off the jetty so you get the sudden shock of the cold water.

“My family tell me I’m daft to do it, but as long as I’m fit and mobile I’ll keep taking part. It’s for two very worthwhile charities.”

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