Swim the channel here at YMCA Club and help change people’s lives

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Here at the YMCA Club, we are hosting a fantastic fundraising event to help find a cure for diabetes. According to the NHS, there are 3.9 million people living with diabetes in the UK. That means that over one person in 16 people in the UK has diabetes (diagnosed or undiagnosed). 

If you want to make a real difference to the lives of people with diabetes, why not try swimming the Channel? Swim 22 challenge involves swimming 22 miles in 12 weeks in our pool (1,408 lengths) – the equivalent of swimming the channel – between 22nd February and 22nd May 2016.

The challenge is open to everyone and every pound that we raise will help Diabetes UK find a cure for people diagnosed with diabetes, allowing them to live a more independent life.

To take part, simply sign up here and then create your own JustGiving page to raise money.

You can do the challenge individually or as a team. You can also log your distances on your individual challenge page and update it every time you swim further. This way, your friends and family can monitor your progress across the Channel to help keep you on track, and see how your fundraising is going!

We have also added the same challenge to SWIMTAG. SWIMTAG is a wristband that logs your swims in our pool and shows how far, how fast and how efficiently you swim. We have sent a challenge request to all SWIMTAG users and if they accept the challenge, SWIMTAG will not only log the swimmers’ distance across the channel but also locate them on the map.

Wouldn’t it be great to be able say: “I swam the English Channel?” Let’s all sign up, take the plunge in the pool and raise money for this great cause.


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ymca | 4 February 2016