Diabetes UK is looking for people from across Yorkshire and the Humber to take on the swimming challenge of the year, Swim22, between 22 February and 22 May.

Swim22 participants will cover an incredible 22 miles – the equivalent of crossing the English Channel. People taking on the challenge can swim in their local pool alone or, better still, with family, friends or colleagues. Participants have 12 weeks to clock up the required miles and the idea is to accumulate them in multiple visits. 

There are an estimated 4.7 million people living with diabetes in the UK − a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly. If not managed well, both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can lead to devastating complications, including sight loss, amputation, kidney failure and stroke. There is currently no known cure for any type of diabetes. 

Clare Howarth, Head of the North of England at Diabetes UK, said: 

“Swimming is a fantastic way to help you get fit and healthy, have fun and set yourself a challenge. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or a seasoned swimmer, our team will be on hand to offer swimming tips and fundraising advice. 

“Every length you complete and every pound you raise brings us closer to our vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm. So sign up and make a splash!”

To register, visit www.diabetes.org.uk/swim22. There is no registration fee and no minimum sponsorship. 

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