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Take on the Swim22 Challenge



Registration fee: free
No minimum sponsorship
Register your interest

Swim22 has sailed for 2019. If you'd like take part in 2020, please register your interest by dropping us an email.

Contact the Swim22 team

Swim22 may be over for another year, but the fight against diabetes continues, so please carry on spreading the word by sharing your tracking and JustGiving page far and wide. If you have raised money offline, this is how you can get it to us:

  • JustGiving pages: We'll get this automatically, so sit back and relax.

  • Cheques: Please include your name, address and a reference to Swim22 and send them to FAO Swim22, Diabetes UK, 126 Back Church Lane, London, E1 1FH. If you have sponsorship forms, please send them in too.

  • Pay over the phone: Call our wonderful Supporter Care team on 0345 123 2399 and the team will take you through payment. Remember to say this is for your Swim22 fundraising.

  • Matched Giving: Having funds matched by your company is a brilliant way to boost your total. Email for a confirmation letter and we’ll send you an electronic and/or hard copy.


Go the extra length this February towards a healthier future

Swim 22 miles – the width of the English Channel – in 12 weeks, in your local pool

Between 22 February and 22 May, take on the swimming challenge of the year. Swim the equivalent of the English Channel in your local pool while getting sponsored for every length. You'll cover an incredible 22 miles at your own pace and in your own time. You will feel the swimming benefits, while developing healthy habits and fighting diabetes.

Registration info

Registrations are now closed for this year.

Before you get your goggles on and set your fitbit, you’ll receive your Swim22 pack through the post. This will include swimming tips, how to get your fundraising started and, of course, one of our new Swim22 swimming hats.

You can take on the swim challenge alone or, better still, get family, friends and colleagues involved swimming the channel challenge with you. You can even split the 22 miles between a team.


Log your lengths

We’ve created your own personal online tracker where you can log your lengths and track your fundraising as you progress with the swimming challenge.

The harm caused by diabetes

Every day, around 700 people are diagnosed with diabetes. When diabetes is not well managed it is associated with serious complications including heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and amputations.

How Diabetes UK makes a difference

Diabetes UK makes sure people can manage their diabetes well. We provide information, care and support for everyone affected by diabetes. Our campaigns improve lives. Our research develops new treatments, technologies and will, one day, find a cure.

The lengths you’ll go to make a difference

But there is more work to be done. We need your help to reach more of the 4.6 million people living with diabetes in the UK. Every length you complete – and every pound you raise – will get us closer to our vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm.

We hope you will take up the challenge and take great lengths for people with diabetes.

“The more I swam, the happier I began to feel, the more I swam, the more motivated I became."

– Sophie, Swim22 participant 2018

Read Sophie's story

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