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
It’s time to take the plunge! You’ll be taking extra lengths towards a healthier you, whilst making great waves for people living with diabetes.
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.
- Free to register
- No minimum sponsorship requirement; although we would suggest a target of £150
- You must be aged 18 or over to register and receive an online Tracker page. Children are welcome to join in with a parent or guardian but can’t formally register.
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 her story here.