Why take on Swim22?
Close your eyes and imagine completing your final length. That sense of achievement knowing you’ve swum the distance of the English Channel. Feels good, right?
As well as swimming being a low impact way of losing weight and boosting your wellbeing, regular lengths can also help reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes.
In 2020 our swimmers raised an incredible £700,000 to help fund our life-saving research. Join us in the pool this year to help change even more lives.
You may be taking on an epic channel crossing swimming challenge, however you won’t be alone.
So prepare yourself for some serious camaraderie in our Facebook Group.
How your fundraising will make a difference
There are currently 4.8 million people living with diabetes in the UK, the complications of which lead to over 500 premature deaths every week.
By taking on Swim22, you’re not only swimming towards a healthier you. The money you raise will help fund our vital work including the development of life-changing treatments and raising awareness of type 2 diabetes and how to manage it by making healthier choices day-to-day.
Paul explains why our Helpline helped him when he was first diagnosed with type 2:
"Having been recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I was finding the whole blood glucose level thing very confusing. I phoned the helpline and spoke to a fantastic lady who explained very simply what I was doing right and what was wrong and, at last, I understand more fully how diet is important; as is when to eat and when not to exercise. The helpline team are brilliant and the people are so knowledgeable and helpful."
Your safety and wellbeing is important to us
All Diabetes UK events are held in line with the most up-to-date national and local coronavirus guidance and restrictions.
Please make sure you’re aware of and following the latest guidance and restrictions when taking part in any of our events. Find out more at: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus