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Leading charity Diabetes UK Cymru calls for swimmers from across Wales

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.

 

Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly. Wales has the highest prevalence of diabetes in the UK, with more than 191,000 people living with the condition, including over 18,000 people in the Cwm Taf University Health Board area.

 

There are also almost 60,000 people across Wales living with Type 2 diabetes who have yet to be diagnosed.

 

If not managed well, both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can lead to devastating complications, including sight loss, amputation, kidney failure and stroke. There is currently no known cure for any type of diabetes.

 

Joseph Cuff, Fundraising Manager at Diabetes UK Cymru, said: “Swimming is a fantastic way to help you get fit and healthy, have fun and 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.

 

“Every length you complete and every pound you raise brings us closer to our vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm. So sign up and make a splash!”

 

To register, visit www.diabetes.org.uk/swim22. There is no registration fee and no minimum sponsorship.