Diabetes UK is inviting people from Southampton to dive into a sponsored swimming challenge that raises vital funds for diabetes research and helps us support people living with the condition.

Swim22 runs between July 22 and October 22 and involves swimming a total of 22 miles – the equivalent of crossing the English Channel. Participants can take on the challenge at their own pace, accumulating the miles across the course of the 12 weeks.

Swimming really is a fantastic way to help you get fit and healthy, have fun and set yourself a challenge. And if you take on Swim22, you’ll not only be swimming towards a healthier you – you’ll be raising money that will help Diabetes UK ensure people living with diabetes get the care and support they need.

You can take on the challenge in your local pool alone or with family, friends, or colleagues, though you should check the Covid-19 restrictions in your area before taking part and adhere to them.

In addition to the standard 22-mile distance, there are two other options to choose from. Participants can do The Half, covering 11 miles – half the distance to France and still an impressive feat. More experienced swimmers may wish to take on The Double – swimming 44 miles, the equivalent of swimming to France and back again.

To register for Swim22, visit swim22.diabetes.org.uk. There is no registration fee and no minimum sponsorship. So, please, sign up to Swim22 this year and make a splash for Diabetes UK.

Jill Steaton Regional Head in South East at Diabetes UK