Skinny Dipping Record Bid: Hundreds take naked plunge - VIDEO

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HUNDREDS of naked fundraisers have braved the cold in a charity bid to set a new world record for the biggest ever skinny dip - as our video report shows.

VIDEO: Press the play button to watch. Warning - the video contains some mild nudity.

Braving the cold: Skinny dip world record bid. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

Braving the cold: Skinny dip world record bid. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

The cheeky event, with people from all over the UK gathering to take part, was organised to try to break the world record and raise money for mental health charity, Mind.

A crowd of just over 200 ran into the sea at sunrise.

But unfortunately the organisers said they think the numbers fell short of breaking the record this weekend in The North East Skinny Dip, in Druridge Bay, Northumberland.

People taking part said they also used it to celebrate their bodies as well as marking the Autumn Equinox.

Organiser Jacqueline Higginson, aged 34, from Whitburn, said: “Today loads of us ran naked into the sea to raise money for Mind and to celebrate ourselves and our bodies.

“I did a skinny dip last year where we broke the world record, I don’t think there was enough to do it today but there was enough of us for it to be a lot of fun.

“We chose Mind because I feel very close to the issues around mental health both personally and as a paramedic as I see it all around me.

“And hopefully I think we have raised thousands of pounds for Mind.”

Last year, a skinny dip was held at Rhossili beach in Wales, where more than 400 people plunged naked into the sea and raised money for cancer and the National Trust.

Ms Higginson took part in that event and it gave her the inspiration to organise a similar event in the North East.

The National trust, which owns the section of beach they used, gave their permission for the fundraiser to take place.

* If you took part and you live in South Yorkshire and the region - tell us about it. Email news@thestar.co.uk

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