Dock to Dock swim raises £510
She may have come in last in a time of five hours and four minutes but Mandy Andrews will be delighted that she not only finished the 10-kilometre Dock to Dock swim but that she also raised £510 for charity.
The 54-year-old, from Campion Way, in Thetford, said the event, which went from London’s Royal Victoria Dock to the Royal Albert Dock, and back again, was “fun and was good.”
She was one of about 100 swimmers who took part and the money she has raised will be going to the My Wish charity, which supports the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, with it targeted at the breast imaging department.
And after already completing six marathons, including three in Edinburgh and one each in Luton, Nottingham and London, and then this month (September) completing a three-kilometre swim at Fritton Lake, in north Suffolk, she is now preparing for the Clacton Triathlon, on Sunday, October 1.
She decided to raise the money for the unit following a mammogram she had at the hospital last year which found she had a small calcification. She had two biopsies and then an operation to remove it. A further biopsy was done which showed that it was high grade pre cancerous so she had a course of radiotherapy but is now thankfully well again.
“The people at West Suffolk Hospital do a great job and I was looked after from start to finish.
“If it hadn't been for them I would be facing something much more serious so I wanted to try and pay them back in some way,” said Mandy, who works as an administrator at the East Harling Feline Care Nursery Home.
“The Dock to Dock swim went very well even though I was last finishing but that did not bother me and it was fun which was good.
“It was windy the day before but it dropped by the day of the swim,” she added.