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Swim22 miles for Diabetes UK

Swim England News

A national challenge to swim the distance of the English Channel is helping to raise money for diabetes.

Swim22 is organised by Diabetes UK and encourages people to swim the distance of the channel, 22 miles, between 22 February and 22 May.

Those taking part can swim at their own pace, in their own time and at a pool of their choice.

Caroline, from West Yorkshire, is completing her Swim22 challenge as her daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was in her 20s.

Although Caroline learned to swim at school when she was 10, she was never awarded a certificate as swimming was not one of her strong points.

But she is now swimming confidently, albeit with goggles, ear plugs and a nose clip!

Feel the benefits of swimming and help fight diabetes

“My swimming history is a sad one,” said Caroline aged 55. “But with my husband’s perseverance and patience I can now swim confidently.

“With my new found ability I intend to raise money for Diabetes UK, my daughter, and everyone who lives with diabetes every day.

“My greatest achievement was swimming a mile in an hour, a few weeks ago. I can’t explain how thrilled I was, and I still can’t believe how far I can swim now. It is my new favourite hobby!

“I hope my story encourages others to take the plunge.”

For more information on how you can get involved with Swim22 and not only change the lives of others but change your own too, visit the Diabetes UK website.