OUR Campaigns and Fundraising Officer Iain Mitchell and his friend Connor Heaney joined more than 1000 other fearless and fancy-dressed thrill seekers in 'enjoying' the best possible wake-up call for the start of the year - a plunge into the freezing Firth of Forth as part of South Queensferry's annual New Year's 'Dook'. 

The lads, perhaps inspired by their beautiful surroundings, plunged into the river with reckless abandon. And whilst many dookers quickly run in and out of the water, Iain and Connor spent a good few minutes in the Forth, in an attempt to provide their generous sponsors and assembled friends and family value for money!

The pair (below, strolling in the Forth), who paid tribute to sadly deceased rocker and Motorhead frontman Lemmy, have so far raised just over £400 for Support in Mind Scotland's 1 IN 100 campaign, and managed to avoid hypothermia, we're happy to confirm. Sponsorships are still being accepted at https://www.justgiving.com/Mitch-and-Connor-Dook?utm_source=facebook.

The gathering, celebrating its 30th anniversary, was this year sponsored by Stoats, who provided participants with some last minute warmth and insulation with their signature porridge. This was followed by the dookers parade along South Queensferry's High Street before the dook itself. 

Iain and Connor would both like to thank all their sponsors for their kind donations, and are already planning next year's dook outfits.

                                 

(Above) Social media fame for the lads, whose efforts were recognised on the Edinburgh's Hogmanay and Stoats Twitter pages!