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Braintree woman swims equivalent of English Channel for Diabetes UK

A children’s nurse is swimming the equivalent of the English Channel to raise vital funds for Diabetes UK.


Aimee Agombar, 29, is taking on the swimming challenge of the year, Swim22, between 22 February and 22 May. She was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in December 2019 and wants to get fitter and healthier and try to put her condition into remission.

Aimee is keen to lose weight to help her on her journey to better health. She chose the challenge as swimming is a form of exercise which is kinder to her body. She also lives with a degenerative disc disease, so certain forms of exercise have proved hard.

“I was so shocked when I was diagnosed just before Christmas, but I’m determined to take action now to make a change for my long term future health. My grandad has type 2 diabetes, so I do understand how serious it can be,” said Aimee.

“This is why the challenge came at a perfect time for me. I want to raise money for Diabetes UK, but also raise awareness and understanding of this condition.”

Teresa Strange, Diabetes UK Eastern Fundraiser, said: “We are delighted that Aimee is making a splash for Diabetes UK. The lengths that she is going to will bring us closer to our vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm. 

“Swim22 is perfect if you want to challenge yourself to get fitter at your own pace and in your own time. You can swim in your local pool alone or, better still, get your family, friends and colleagues involved. Our dedicated team will be on hand to support you from start to finish.” 

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