POOLE residents will be taking an early morning dip in the sea on Boxing Day to help the homeless.

Up to 60 swimmers are expected to brave the cold waters off Hamworthy Park.

Described as a "sunrise swim", it starts at around 8am and is organised by local woman Renée Clark.

Money raised from donations will be used to buy food and drink vouchers for homeless people in the area.

The event on December 26 will be the second charity dip organised by the mother of two.

Renée previously organised a similar event in October in aid of Cancer Research after losing her father to the disease in the summer.

According to the 46-year-old, the swim started as a bit of fun for herself and friends, but it has turned into something wonderful to unite the community.

Renée said: "Earlier in the year I took part in a sunrise swim at Studland Beach.

"I loved the way it made me feel so decided to run a small-scale swim at Hamworthy Beach in October in aid of Cancer Research.

"I thought if I could make £20, I would be happy but local residents came together and we raised an amazing £150 in memory of my Dad who passed away in July this year.

"I was amazed how people I never knew all came as part of a small community to share in something quite crazy but fun.

"Now I have decided to do another morning swim but this time on Boxing Day.

"We are planning a sunrise start which is at 8.09am and so far, we have had lots and lots of interest from local residents.

"Life is for living and I am a bit bonkers."

After the dip, swimmers will be treated to hot chocolate, coffee and muffins all served from beach hut 49.

Renée asks that interested swimmers make a "small donation" which will be used to buy hot drinks and food for the homeless in Poole town.

Participants will be meeting at the beach huts to the right of Hamworthy Beach carpark.

They are advised to bring a towel, warm clothes and can swim in either a swimsuit if "super brave" or a wetsuit.

For more information search for "Hamworthy Park Boxing Day Swim" on Facebook.