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Swim22 Challenge


Swim22 2018 - thank you

Thank you to all our swimmers for your support for Swim22 2018. We're delighted to have raised over £448,000 to help support people affected by diabetes. Well done and congratulations to all our swimmers. 


All the money raised on your online JustGiving page will come directly to us so you don't need to do anything with this! If you have any other sponsorship money to send in you can:

  • Pay it in over the phone with a credit or debit card. Just give us a call on 0345 123 2399, Monday to Friday 9am to 7pm.
  • Pay the money into your bank account and send a cheque made payable to "Diabetes UK" with a short note stating your name, address and event so we know who it's from, to: Swim22 Challenge, Diabetes UK, Wells Lawrence House, 126 Back Church Lane, London, E1 1FH.
  • Pay the money into your bank account and donate it onto your JustGiving (please note that you won't be able to tick the Gift Aid box if you do this).

Swim22 2019

Swim the English Channel with our swimming challenge Swim22. 

Swim22 will be back again in 2019. Swim 22 miles - the distance of the Channel - in your local pool, in 12 weeks.

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. 

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 your family, friends and colleagues involved swimming the channel challenge with you. You can even split the 22 miles between a team to make it easier for everyone. Registrations will open in Autumn. 

Log your lengths

To help you, 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. Should you decide to do things the old-fashioned way you will also receive a record sheet to record your swimming lengths, along with your welcome pack crammed full of fundraising advice and training tips.

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 4.5 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.

“Swimming has been a god send. I wanted to help Diabetes UK fund their valuable research and that’s how I got into swimming. Now it’s a habit and the health benefits have been incredible. I feel good, my body shape has changed and the retinal damage I had only six months prior to Swim 22 has receded."

Robbie, 49 from Oxford & Swim22 2017 participant

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