Charity dip by great great grandmother raises vital funds for cancer research

PUBLISHED: 11:45 01 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:07 01 May 2018

Morrene Allen on her Gorleston charity dio.
Picture: Lisa Allen

Morrene Allen on her Gorleston charity dio. Picture: Lisa Allen


A great great grandmother has taken the plunge into the North Sea off Gorleston in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Morrene Allen, 75 and known as Tammy, raised £500 from her solo seven minute dip into the chilly sea in front of family members.

Mrs Allen, who worked for 35 years at the James Paget University Hospital special care baby unit and maternity unit, said it was the first time she had swam off Gorleston.

She said: “It was very chilly, I am proud of myself for doing it. It took three hours to warm up afterwards.”

When asked why she had done it, Mrs Allen, from Pier Plain in Gorleston, said: “I think there are so many different kinds of cancer and charities need funds to see what they can do about it.”

To raise funds in aid of Cancer Research UK and how to support it as a volunteer visit

Other News


When the first ever recorded twin seal pups were born at Horsey three years ago it sent ripples of excitement across the globe.

Lead has been stolen from the roof of a church in the Great Yarmouth Borough.

Happy Birthday Prince Charles! Residents in Great Yarmouth wished the Prince of Wales a very happy 70th birthday at a special tea party held at the town hall on Wednesday afternoon.


A fundraising tractor run which took 50 farm vehicles on a tour of east Norfolk towns and villages has hauled in £1,582 for two regional charities.

Most Read


Police are appealing for help to trace a woman following a theft in Great Yarmouth.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:10

The man who was killed in a fatal stabbing in Great Yarmouth has been named.

Read more
Norwich Magistrates Court

Residents in Great Yarmouth will be able to enjoy having their favourite fast food orders delivered right to their doorstep thanks to a new delivery service.

Read more
Mon, 11:17

A man remains in hospital with serious injuries after his car crashed into a telephone pole and tree before landing in a ditch.

Read more
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

Homes are going up on a pub’s garden as it looks for ways to thrive.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 8°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the Great
Yarmouth Mercury

e-edition today


Newsletter Sign Up

Great Yarmouth Mercury weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy