Make a splash for Diabetes UK - The Solihull Observer

Make a splash for Diabetes UK

Solihull Editorial 11th Mar, 2023   0

SILHILLIANS are being called on to make a splash and raise some cash for charity.

Swimmers of all ages and abilities are being invited to take part in the annual sponsored event in pools or open water and help raise money for Diabetes UK.

Swim22 runs between March 22 and June 22 and involves swimming a total of 22 miles – the same distance as the English Channel.

Participants can take on the challenge at their own pace accumulating the miles across the course of the 12 weeks.




All funds raised will go towards Diabetes UK’s work funding life-saving research and ensuring everyone living with diabetes gets the care and support they need.

Actor and Diabetes UK supporter Annette Badland, whose credits include EastEnders, Doctor Who, Midsomer Murders and multiple Emmy award-winning comedy Ted Lasso, is encouraging people to take part in the challenge after completing it twice herself in previous years.


Annette said: “I know first-hand that swimming 22 miles over 12 weeks is no mean feat – but the sense of accomplishment you get at the end of the challenge is unmatchable.

“And knowing your fundraising efforts are going towards supporting people affected by diabetes, so that they get the support they need, makes all those challenging swims so worthwhile.”

In addition to the standard 22-mile distance, there are two other challenges to choose from, The Half, covering 11 miles – half the distance to France – or The Double swimming 44 miles – the equivalent of swimming to France and back again.

Peter Shorrick, Head of Midlands and East, Diabetes UK added: “By taking on Swim22, you’ll not only be 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.

For more or to register click here.

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