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Swim22 Challenge

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Swim the English Channel with our swimming challenge Swim22. 

Swim 22 miles - the distance of the Channel - in your local pool, in 12 weeks.  

Between 22 February and the 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.

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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. The tracker site will go live in February, but 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.

It’s time to 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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