A woman from Ixworth who found out she had a brain tumour after an eye test has been gifted more than £3,000 from her local pub.
Corin Sargent, 23, was handed a cheque for £3,118 from the owners of the Greyhound pub in Ixworth on Saturday after a year-long fund-raising drive.
Last February, Corin was referred to West Suffolk Hospital after a visit to Specsavers in Bury St Edmunds revealed she had an enlarged optic nerve.
After a scan, medics discovered a large meningioma which had been pressing on the back of her eye.
After an invasive eight-hour operation the tumour was removed but Corin was left blind in one eye and with limited vision in the other.
After reading Corin’s story in the Bury Free Press, landlord Colin Pearce decided to raise money to help her out.
“We held a series of quiz nights which were always well attended,” he said.
“The local fishing club held a charity fishing match and I went on a sponsored 100-mile bike ride. We normally try to keep the money we raise local – it should help her buy anything she needs.” Corin said she was going to use the money to put towards renting a ground-floor flat, giving her the chance to get a guide dog.
She said: “I am doing really well now. The money will go towards buying things to help with my eyesight.
“It has also bought me some talking cooking scales so I can do that – I love cooking.”
Corin’s mum Ginny said: “We were a bit worried when they said they were raising money for her because it doesn’t matter how much they raise, Corin is not going to get her eye sight back.
“The money will be very useful though.
“The community have got right behind us and have been so kind.”