Diabetes UK asks Northern Ireland swimmers to take on 22-mile challenge

Participants in Diabetes UK's Swim22 challenge will cover 22 miles

DIABETES UK is looking for people from Northern Ireland to take on its swimming challenge, Swim22, between tomorrow and May 22.

Swim22 participants will cover 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. The distance can even be split between a team to make it easier for everyone.

“Swimming is a fantastic way to stay fit and healthy, have fun and set yourself a challenge," Jillian Patchett of Diabetes UK Northern Ireland, said. "Whether you're an absolute beginner or a seasoned swimmer, our team will be on hand to offer swimming tips and fundraising advice.

“Every day, around 700 people are diagnosed with diabetes across the UK. When diabetes is not well managed it can lead to serious complications including heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and amputations. Every length you complete and every pound you raise brings us closer to our vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm."

:: To register, visit There is no registration fee and no minimum sponsorship.

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