Diabetes UK Launches Swim Challenge

The Diabetes UK Swim 22 encourages more people to take up swimming, while raising vital funds for the charity.

Diabetes UK has revealed the UK’s swimming hotspots, ahead of the launch its national swimming challenge.

People in Sevenoaks in Kent and Westminster in central London swim more regularly than anywhere else in the country, according to the league table based on Sport England data. Other regions in the top 10 include Fylde in Lancashire, Babergh in Suffolk and Sheffield.

The figures have been released ahead of the Diabetes UK Swim 22 challenge, in which participants swim 22 miles at their local pool over the course of three months.

Supported by Tesco, the challenge takes place between 22 February and 22 May 2015. Diabetes UK hopes Swim 22 will encourage more people to take up swimming this year as well as raise vital funds.

Paul Amadi, director of fundraising, said: “Swimming is a great way to keep physically active, which is really important for preventing Type 2 diabetes. And if you already have diabetes then you can help manage your condition through getting plenty of exercise and eating healthily.

“This is why Swim 22 is such a great way to support Diabetes UK. As well as raising funds to help us continue with our vital work supporting people with diabetes and those at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, Swim 22 can also be the spur you need to take swimming up and challenge yourself to get fitter in 2015.”

Sign up for the Swim 22 challenge at www.diabetes.org.uk/swim22