Dr Parviz Habibi, 64, set off from Dover on Tuesday 30 August reaching France after 19 hours and 12 minutes in the water. His efforts have raised more than £20,000 so far for the St Mary’s Hospital More Smiles Appeal.
Dr Habibi has been training for two years for this challenge and while he has done four previous Channel swims as part of a relay team, this was his first solo attempt.
Dr Habibi said on completing his swim: “I am really pleased to have finished. It was very challenging but all the years of training and preparation have paid off.
“I would like to thank everybody for all their support and generous donations. The More Smiles Appeal is a great cause which will help us to improve the lives of many more children and young people in the future.”
Dr Habibi set up the children’s intensive care unit at St Mary’s in 1992 with one bed and one nurse. Today, the eight-bedded unit treats a range of medical, surgical and trauma patients as well as being a world leader in the understanding and treatment of serious infections.
The More Smiles Appeal is aiming to raise at least £2 million to help fund the £10 million expansion of the current unit to 15 beds allowing more than 200 extra children to be cared for each year. Earlier in the month, the appeal reached a major fundraising milestone of the £1 million mark.
To donate to please visit Parviz’s JustGiving page.