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Swimmers make a seasonal splash to raise money for Children's Heartbeat Trust

Hundreds of hardy swimmers dressed in Christmas outfits have taken part in a North Coast splash for charity.

The Santa Splash 2016 on Portrush's East Strand raised money for the Children's Heartbeat Trust, which campaigns for the best treatment for young people with heart disease.

Meanwhile in Derry, participants in a world record bid for the greatest number of people gathered in one place wearing Christmas jumpers will not find out if they have succeeded until later in the week.

Organisers hope to break the record of 3,743 set in Kansas in the US and one of the city's statues has donned festive tops to set the mood.

Hands Across The Divide by artist Maurice Harron was robed in Christmas jumpers at Craigavon Bridge to greet people visiting the city.

Those who took part in the charity event on Sunday included 92-year-old Mickey Murray from Creggan, the oldest participant.

A spokeswoman for the organisers said: "It was a great turnout, very successful.

"If we get the record it will be the icing on the cake."

She said verifying whether the record has been broken could be a lengthy process because everything had to be double checked.

"We will know unofficially if we have been successful later in the week but the formal confirmation will be in the New Year."

Those with muscular dystrophy will be among those to benefit from fundraising during the event, with many paying more than the donated entry fee to take part.

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