Helensburgh and Lomond residents are being urged to brave the cold this New Year in aid of charity.

The RNLI’s New Year’s Dook returns to the Helensburgh lifeboat's Rhu Marina base on Monday, January 1, 2024 at 12 noon.

Those who take part will be given a wristband which will allow them access to the pontoons.

Participants should arrive from 11:30am and go to the check-in area to collect their wristbands.

The event made a welcome return on the first day of 2023 - the first time it had been held since before the Covid pandemic.

Howard Morrison, Helensburgh RNLI's local operations manager, said: “We are delighted to be able to hold the New Year’s Dook again.

"As with last time, we are asking everyone to register online and ensure you read and accept the terms and conditions.

"We have also introduced a JustGiving page for you to get support from your family, friends and colleagues.

Participants are warned to bring a towel and warm clothing at the event but reminded that there are no changing facilities at the lifeboat station.

Howard added: “As before we will also be giving dookers a wristband which will allow them to access the pontoons for the Dook at 12pm.

"Registered dookers should arrive from 11.30am and go to ‘Check In’ where they will get their wristbands. 

"When you have completed the challenge our fundraising team will be there to serve a warming cup of hot soup.

"Whether you are a dooker or just a spectator, everyone is welcome. Please come along and support our lifeboat crew to save lives at sea."

For more information about the event, or to register online visit the Helensburgh New Year Dook Eventbrite page.