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Rosie gets in the swim of things to raise vital funds

A Youth Worker from Twickenham is taking on a swimming challenge to raise funds for Diabetes UK.

Rosie Newton, 26, who works for the charity as part of its Together Type 1 team, is taking on the Swim22 Challenge which starts later this month.

She will put in the swimming miles at her local gym but also plans to get in a few lengths when she is on holiday and take the opportunity to try out a few other swimming spots across the capital.

Rosie, who also plays rugby for Teddingtom RFC, says:

“I work with young people who live with type 1 diabetes and I’ve seen how difficult it can be to manage this relentless condition.

“I’ve been inspired to try and raise some funds for research into a cure for diabetes. I enjoy swimming and find it relaxing, but it will still be a challenge to do 148 lengths a week.”

All Swim22 participants will cover an incredible 22 miles - the equivalent of crossing the English Channel between 22 March and 22 June. People taking on the challenge can swim in their local pool alone or, better still, with family, friends or colleagues.

Jill Steaton, Diabetes UK South East Coast and London Region Head, said:

“We’re all very proud of Rosie and her determination to help the charity even more than she already does as part of the Together Type 1 team.

“Swimming is a fantastic way to help you get fit and healthy, have fun and set yourself a challenge. Every length of the Swim22 challenge and every pound raised brings us closer to our vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm.”

Rosie has a JustGiving page.

Diabetes UK is looking for more people to take on Swim22. To register, visit There is no registration fee and no minimum sponsorship.

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