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Action man to swim channel for Diabetes UK

Fundraiser Rob Healey will attempt a 22-mile solo swim across the Channel for Diabetes UK, to help fund diabetes research.

Rob, 41, from Middle Wallop near Andover, has been in the Army for 22 years and was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 13 years ago.

“Supporting diabetes research is very important to me," said Rob.

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"I have had the condition for 13 years and my father has also had Type 1 diabetes for over 70 years.

"He has been an inspiration. Only a recent broken hip has stopped him going to the gym five mornings a week.

"I am also keen to show that having diabetes is no bar to taking on new exciting challenges.”

The solo swim will start at Dover and finish at the Cap Gris Nez, France, and will take place between 4 and 10 September 2007. The exact date of the challenge will depend on weather conditions.

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Rob is also organising and participating in the first ever Inter-Services Cross Channel relay event which will take place between 31 July and 4 August 2007, again depending on weather conditions.

The relay attempt will be carried out by mixed teams of six swimmers from the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and the Army, competing to win the first ever Channel Eagle Trophy.

For more information on the events or to support Rob’s initiative, visit his website - see 'Related links' on the right.

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