Suzie channels effort into helping Danny

Danny Pickard ANL-150902-154344001
Danny Pickard ANL-150902-154344001

A Burwell woman is swimming the Channel to raise funds for a village youngster but she isn’t planning to set foot any where near the coast.

Suzie Hawkins has challenged herself to swim the Channel distance of 22 miles but she is planning to complete the feat over three months in local swimming pools.

She began on New Year’s Day and is using pools at Newmarket Leisure Centre and at Bottisham Sport Centre. So far she has completed six miles.

She is fund raising for Burwell youngster Danny Pickard, the son of her friends, Helen and Paul Pickard. who was born profoundly deaf and underwent pioneering surgery in Italy last summer to help him hear.

The eight hour operation saw an auditory brain stem implant (ABI) with 12 electrodes put into Danny’s brain where his hearing nerves would have been.

The bill for the surgery, associated speech therapy and after is around £65,000.

“Danny’s family and friends have raised a significant amount to pay for his surgery and follow up appointments in Italy but still owe around £20,000 which is why it is important we keep fundraising, “ said Suzie.

“Danny is a very happy boy and his implants have already opened up his world and made it possible for him to interact with others,” she added.

Anyone who would like to help Suzie raise more money for the Help Danny Hear campaign can pick up sponsorship forms in Burwell at Tina’s hair salon or The Fox and The Anchor pubs. 
Donations can also be made directly to Danny’s website at