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Great North Swim-dermere

The picturesque setting of Lake Windermere played host to this year’s Great North Swim.

A total of 45 Diabetes UK fundraisers donned wetsuits, caps and goggles and joined 1,800 other swimmers, including some of recently-returned "Team GB" from the Beijing Olympics, to take part in the mile-long sprint. 

Mile-long sprint


Also taking the plunge was media doctor, Dr Hilary Jones, and Mark Blewitt, a channel swimmer with Type 1 diabetes, who completed the one-mile course in just 25 minutes.

Diabetes UK’s very own North West Fundraising Manger, Stephanie Lawless, and Northern and Yorkshire Regional Fundraising Manager, Jeff Breen, also successfully completed the course.

Memorable day


"I completed the event in just over an hour and was so glad to be able to take part and support our other swimmers. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the event and many said they’d like to take part again next year." explained Stephanie.

"All sponsorship money raised by our team at this event will go to diabetes research. Thank you to everyone in the Diabetes UK team – a truly memorable day!"

More information

If you would like information or be part of the Diabetes UK team at next year’s Great North Swim, please contact Tara Cooney at or call 01925 653 281.

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