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Potters Bar woman goes to great lengths for Diabetes UK

A Potters Bar woman is swimming the equivalent of the English Channel to raise vital funds for Diabetes UK.


Jane Pack, 54, (pictured) is taking part in the swimming challenge of the year, Swim22, between 22 February and 22 May as part of her continued bid to get fitter and lose weight following gastric bypass surgery in April last year.

Jane lives with Type 2 diabetes, but is determined to improve control of the condition and come off all medication as her weight continues to drop and her fitness improves.

Having already lost nearly six stones, Jane is feeling the benefits and has dropped from a size 24 to a size 16-18. She no longer has to inject herself with insulin.

Jane, who works from home as a virtual secretary, said: “I’ve always loved swimming and I wanted to challenge myself and do something to help raise money for Diabetes UK.

“I’ve been training for about a month now and am really enjoying it, but it is tough.”

Teresa Strange, Diabetes UK Eastern fundraiser, said: “We are delighted that Jane 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. You can even split the 22 miles between a team to make it easier for everyone. Our dedicated team will be on hand to support you from start to finish.”

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