Mile swim raises money for the endoscopy unit at the West Suffolk Hospital

Blind Chrissie Davis took to the pool at the Haverhill Leisure Centre in a bid to raise money for the My WiSH Charity.

And after completing 64 lengths, the equivalent of a mile, she managed to collect a total of £739 which is being targeted at the endoscopy unit at the West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds.

The 31-year-old, who lives with her parents Maggie and Trevor, in Broadcroft Crescent, carried out the swim with her mother and said: “Even though I am blind I was determined to achieve my goal.”

Chrissie was born premature at 27-and-a-half weeks weighing just 1lb14 oz and was on so much oxygen that it killed her optic nerves causing her blindness.

She carried out the charity challenge on June 21 and said how the endoscopy department gave her Botox treatment on a spasming muscle in the right side of her abdomen.

“This causes my liver function to raise to extreme levels during flare ups. I have been a patient at the hospital for over six years and really wanted to give something back for all they’ve done for me.

“They have never given up on trying to find what was wrong with me after I started having acute sickness and diarrhoea. The injections relax the muscle and stop the pain

“I was pleased with the swim which took me an hour and five minutes to complete and I raised more than expected. I love swimming and it’s a good thing for the body and it was my mum’s idea.

“I was able to swim down the side of the pool with my mum and it worked a treat and everyone in the pool understood what I was trying to do.”

Pictured above are Chrissie Davis, centre, with mum Maggie and Amy Hatch, fundraising officer for the My WiSH Charity,with the cheque for £739.

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