GUTSY Katy Evans has been inspired by the efforts of paralympians to swim a mile for charity.
Eighteen months ago, the 27-year-old, from Petersfield, was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which causes crippling pan, swollen joints and fatigue.
Katy said she was inspired to do the swim by Leigh Walmsley, who also has the condition and competed in archery in the Paralympics.
Katy will swim 64 lengths of a 25m pool on October 26 at Bedales School, near Petersfield.
She will be joined by her dad Chris and mum Sue in the pool to raise cash for the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society.
The condition affects around 400,000 people in the UK.
Katy, speaking yesterday on World Arthritis Day, said: ‘I hope that my achievement will not only help NRAS with their fundraising but also inspire others.
‘Only two years ago I could barely walk.
‘But with treatment and support I will be swimming a mile and I hope to raise £1,000 as my way of saying thank you to everyone who helped get me to this point.
‘When I saw the performance by Leigh and all the paralympic athletes it motivated me to not let this disease define who I am, but to be something that I can manage and live with as well as enjoy an active a life as possible.’
To support Katy with her swim and help raise cash for charity visit justgiving.com/KatyEvansSwim.