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New Year swimmers

More than €750 was raised at the annual Swim for Shoes initiative at Armação de Pêra beach over the festive period.

Two swims, one on Christmas Day and the other on New Year’s Day, saw dozens of foreign and Portuguese residents and holidaymakers braving the cold sea to raise money to buy shoes for children in care.

Vicki Good, Sales Manager at the Holiday Inn Algarve, which organised the event, thanked participants for “either paddling or getting totally immersed in the sea”.

Money raised from the hotel’s Boxing Day Treasure Hunt also contributed to the fund.