A 22 Mile Swim. Three Months. Two Women. One Charity.

One thing I never thought I’d say was “I’m going to attempt to swim the English Channel.” But I was also adamant I’d never like sprouts or worry about going grey, and look at how that turned out…


Anyway, the point is, for the past two years, my soon-to-be sister-in-law Clare Davies has swum 22 Miles (or the equivalent of the English Channel) to raise money for Diabetes UK, and this year – help me God – I’ve decided to get involved.


The annual challenge runs between 22 Feb and 22 May 2017 and is the charity’s version of ‘Dry January’ or ‘Movember’. The reason behind her mammoth undertaking is that Clare was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes on 6 January 1994 and has been dedicated to raising money for the charity ever since. She hopes that her challenge will help raise funds and awareness on behalf of everyone in the Mirfield (where we live) and wider Kirklees area who has, or knows someone with the condition.


Seen as though I’ve got a wedding dress to get into and Clare and I car share to work, I’m going to be joining her down at Dewsbury Sports Centre as she front crawls her way to another fantastic achievement. The only drawback? I’m, not a very good swimmer. I mean, I can manage the breast stroke combined with some questionable frogs legs, but everyone loves a trier right?


Together, we’ll be attempting to complete the 22 Miles as a team, meaning we’ll be up at 6am and in the pool for 6.30am as we chip away the miles before we’ve even done a day’s work! We’ll keep you updated on our progress over the next three months, but if you want to make a donation to spur us on, Clare’s Just Giving page can be found here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/clare-davies32.

I also need a swimming cap and some goggles with glasses built in – if anyone wants to help…

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