An event raising money for childhood cancer has broken an official Guinness World Record for the "most photos of people in water uploaded to Facebook in one hour", as part of a fundraising 'Strip and Dip' drive.

It is the second world record for Strip and Dip, which has to date raised €780,000 for childhood cancer, and purchased a house for the children’s cancer charity Aoibheann's Pink Tie.

In 2018, it broke the record for the World’s Largest Skinny Dip, with 2,505 women in attendance.

This is the seventh Strip and Dip, which is usually a physical event that sees participants taking a dip for charity.

But due to Covid-19 restrictions, the group this year challenged women to take a ‘virtual dip’ in their togs to raise funds for Aoibheann’s Pink Tie.

Participants posted pictures of them taking the plunge, in a bath, shower, paddling pool, beach, or river.

All photographs were uploaded to the event’s Facebook page between 2pm and 3pm today.

Organiser Dee Featherstone said they decided to go virtual this year because of coronavirus restrictions, but that would not stop them from breaking the record remotely.

"I was undergoing treatment for aggressive breast cancer and had a brainwave after my mastectomy to do something fun, and raise money for childhood cancer. The event itself has grown from 50 women in year one, to 2,500 women in year six," she said.

The group also sent in recordings of them singing a new song to accompany the photographs, called 'The Path that Chooses You' by Irish singer-songwriter Ollie Cole from Meath.

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