Love swimming? If the answer’s yes, then you’re just who Diabetes UK is looking for join our Swim22 Challenge and raise money for research and support for people with the condition.
The idea is to swim 22 miles – the width of the Channel – but you can do it in your local pool and at your own pace, between February 22 and May 22.
Swim it either individually or as part of a team. Why not get your friends and family, including young doggy paddlers, to join you? If there are 22 of you, it’s an easy way to reach the target.
Seven-times Paralympic gold medal-winning swimmer Sascha Kindred CBE said:
“One of the great things about Swim 22 is that you don’t need to be a champion swimmer to take part.
“It’s a fantastic way to keep fit, have some family fun, get to know your workmates better or set yourself an individual challenge.
“Diabetes is one of Britain’s biggest health problems. Some 4.5 million people in the UK are living with diabetes, and more than 11 million in the country are at risk of developing Type 2.
“Swimming 22 miles in three months will give you a great sense of personal achievement, and any money you raise will boost Diabetes UK’s vital research, campaigning, education and support.”
The Swim22 website helps everyone taking part to keep track of how many lengths have been completed and earn badges.
We’ll send you a handy welcome pack to get you started and there will be regular support along the way. You can sign up to the challenge any time up to May 22.
As well as being a fun way to raise money for Diabetes UK, swimming is a great way to active and maintain a healthy weight – vital to reducing your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Vivienne Martin, Fundraising Manager for Diabetes UK, said: “It takes between 21 and 30 days to form a new habit, so if you’re looking to kick-start a healthy lifestyle and set yourself a great challenge, Swim22 is for you.
“Getting family and friends to sponsor you, for every length, every 100 metres or even every mile, will raise money for research and support that will change people’s lives.”
“Diabetes is one of the most devastating and fastest-growing health crises of our time. With your help, we will create a future where diabetes can do no harm.”
For more information and to sign up visit www.diabetes.org.uk/swim22 or call 0345 123 2399. There is no closing date, so swimmers can sign up anytime so long as the challenge is completed by 22 May 2017.
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News courtesy of Diabetes UK.