Nudes flash! Naked paramedic plunges into North Sea to raise funds for mental health charity
Jacqueline in a league of her own.
It's a well-known medical fact that North East women are
genetically programmed to withstand incredibly low temperatures,
while wearing even the skimpiest of clothing.
Sunderland Paramedic Jacqueline Higginson can go even further
Jacqueline, 34, is bracing herself for a world-record skinny
dipping attempt on Saturday at chilly Druridge Bay, in
More than 414 people are needed to smash the current record -
and hopefully raise £2,000 in the process for mental health
Jacqueline took part in a previous Guinness World record dip
last year in Wales and loved it so much she decided to organise an
event in the North East.
She said: "It was just an amazing experience.
"It was liberating and empowering but it was really exciting as
"Running into the water with others doing the skinny dip was a
"The day is also the autumn equinox, the transition from summer
"I cannot think of a more appropriate way to celebrate the
summer and welcome the winter than stripping down to skin and
running wild and free into the North Sea."
Jacqueline said the event is in no way a best body competition
and people of all shapes and sizes will be taking part.
She said: "It is just a celebration of the human body. It is
very freeing, a really special thing to do."
Fellow skinny-dippers had to pledge £10 to the charity before
wading naked into the sea to waist level.
Jacqueline said: "I know from personal experience and through my
job how much mental health issues affect people.
"Mind is a really good charity which isn't given the recognition
is should be.
"I would like to use the opportunity to increase awareness of
mental health issues."