DIABETES UK Cymru is looking for people from across Wales to take on the swimming challenge of the year, Swim22, between 22 February and 22 May.

Swim22 participants will cover an incredible 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.

Joseph Cuff, Fundraising Manager at Diabetes UK Cymru, said: “Swimming is a fantastic way to stay fit and healthy and have fun, so why not set yourself a challenge? Whether you’re an absolute beginner or a seasoned swimmer, our team will be on hand to offer swimming tips and fundraising advice.

“Wales has the highest prevalence of diabetes in the whole of the UK. 7.1% of the population aged 17 and over, some 188,000 people, are living with the condition. We estimate 57,000 more people in Wales are living with Type 2 diabetes, but have not yet been diagnosed.

“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 will bring us closer to our vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm. So sign up and make a splash!”

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