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Diabetes UK fundraiser laps 100 miles in 100 days

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A Folkestone man, living with diabetes, took up the unique challenge of swimming 100 miles in 100 days over the summer – raising over £1600 for Diabetes UK.

Swimming approximately 6,400 laps of the pool at Folkestone Sports Centre, Matt Thomas, 31, celebrated crossing the finish line in front of cheering family and friends on Saturday, 1 October.

The local insurance analyst, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes days before his 18birthday, says: “Finding the time wasn’t always easy so it meant getting up extra early or doing late night swims. Six thirty swims weren’t much fun, especially on Monday mornings! But, it was really rewarding and it’s ignited a lifelong passion in me for swimming now. Who knows I may even try the Channel next!”.

“I did it, not just to bolster my own health but, also raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes mainly occurs in children and young people. Adults can also get it, but it’s not as common.”

Lauren Baker, Regional Fundraiser - South East Region for Diabetes UK, says: “Matt did such a great job to keep it going over three gruelling months. It was a real test of stamina and we are very proud of him.

“Diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges facing the UK today and the money raised will help improve the care and support available for people affected by the condition.’’

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