22nd September 2021

Diabetes UK looking for swimmers in Somerset to make a splash in charity challenge

People from Somerset are being invited to dive into a sponsored swimming challenge and raise vital funds for Diabetes UK.

Swim22 runs between 22 July and 22 October and involves swimming a total of 22 miles – the equivalent of crossing the English Channel. Participants can take on the challenge at their own pace, accumulating the miles across the course of the 12 weeks.

All funds raised will go towards Diabetes UK’s work in funding life-saving research and making sure everyone living with diabetes gets the care and support they need.

Phaedra Perry, Regional Head Diabetes UK South West said: “Swimming is a fantastic way to help you get fit and healthy, have fun and set yourself a challenge. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or a seasoned swimmer, our team will be on hand to offer swimming tips and fundraising advice along the way.

“By taking on Swim22, you’ll not only be swimming towards a healthier you. The money you raise will help fund our vital work, including the development of life-changing treatments and raising awareness of type 2 diabetes and how to manage it by making healthier choices day-to-day.

“So, please, sign up to Swim22 and make a splash for Diabetes UK.”

People taking on the challenge can swim in their local pool alone or with family, friends, or colleagues, though you should check the Covid-19 restrictions in your area before taking part.

In addition to the standard 22-mile distance, there are two other challenges to choose from. Participants can do ‘The Half’, covering 11 miles – half the distance to France and still an impressive feat. More experienced swimmers may wish to take on ‘The Double’ – swimming 44 miles, the equivalent of swimming to France and back again.

Anyone who raises at least £35 by 22 November will receive a Swim22 medal, while anyone who raises more than £350 will be the proud recipient of a Swim22 towel.

There are an estimated 4.9 million people living with diabetes in the UK − a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly. If not managed well, diabetes can lead to devastating complications, including sight loss, amputation, kidney failure and stroke. There is currently no known cure for any type of diabetes.

To register for Swim22, visit swim22.diabetes.org.uk. There is no registration fee and no minimum sponsorship.