IT WAS only on the day before that the Revd Matthew Knox, Vicar
of Spittal, Scremerston and Tweedmouth, in
Newcastle diocese, was rung up by the staff of the
Garden House care home and told that they were going to do a
sponsored dip in the North Sea to raise funds for his parish. Mr
Knox tells me that he was so taken aback that he felt the least he
could do was join them.
And that is how he came to be standing up to his waist in the
icy waves, still wearing his clerical collar (above). The
acting manager of Garden House, Jane Filer, said that, as he had
started to provide services and pastoral care for the House, they
thought it would be nice to give something back by raising money
for the parish (which, Mr Knox tells me, is a very poor one).
"When we told him about the dip, he was only too happy to join
us; and, while it was very cold, it was a lot of fun." But they
were in for the shortest time possible, Mr Knox said, sounding as
though he was still shivering. "It was a complete surprise when
they said they were raising money for the parish, but I was only
too glad to take part."
The staff had been sponsored by the residents and their
families, and hope that they have raised more than £300.