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Swimming across the English Channel must be one of the most time honoured and typically British endeavours. If you have always wanted to try it but couldn’t face the jellyfish, shipping lanes or an all-over coat of lard, Diabetes UK may just have the next best thing S wim22 allows swimmers to tackle the 22 mile stretch between Dover and Calais in the comfort of their local swimming pool, all while raising much needed funds for Diabetes UK. e campaign was launched by British Record Holder for the 100m Breaststroke and member of the Team GB Olympic swimming team, Kate Haywood, who swam the first fifty of the 1,160 lengths completed by volunteers and staff from Diabetes UK. It took them just four hours and forty five minutes to swim the equivalent to the 22 mile stretch of sea. Kate Haywood said: “Swimming is such a good way to stay fit and healthy, and it’s great to be a part of this 22 mile challenge to raise awareness of diabetes.

people with t h e potential to develop Type 2 diabetes to reduce their risk. If you do Swim 22 you can boast about swimming the English Channel.

”ere are 2.9 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the “Swimming is such a good UK, and an estimated way to stay fit and healthy. 850,000 people have I spend hours in the pool type 2 diabetes but don’t know it. each week and I love it.” Type 2 diabetes develops when the body cannot make enough Diabetes UK is the leading organisation insulin to manage the amount of in the UK offering support and advice , sugar in the blood. Risk factors funding research, and campaigning to for developing Type 2 diabetes raise awareness of the condition . e include family history, ethnicity, organisation has over 150,000 members weight, high blood pressure, and actively promotes the importance of heart disease or having had a a healthy and active lifestyle. ey hope heart attack. If not managed Swim22 will allow people to increase correctly, both Type 1 and their fitness in a fun way at the same time Type 2 diabetes can lead to as raising vital funds for Diabetes UK. heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and blindness. Both Speaking at the launch event at a pool types can be treated in in Kentish Town, Diabetes UK’s Director part with a healthy diet of Fundraising, Paul Amadi, said: “It’s and increased physical fantastic that Kate is supporting Swim 22. activity. Swimming is a great way for people with diabetes to stay fit and active, and for Fundraisers have between 22 “I’m happy to help as swimming is what I do. I spend hours in the pool each week and I love it.”

April and 22 July to complete the Swim22 challenge, and can do it solo or in teams.

To find out how to take part, visit

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