A group of young swimmers from Giffnock are taking to their local pool to raise funds and awareness for people living with diabetes by swimming 22 miles – the length of the English Channel.
The group is led by ten-year-old Jacob Kitson, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was six, and Joseph Hill (7), who has lived with the condition since he was four.
Jacob’s mum Vicki, secretary of the Glasgow Family Group, said: “Jacob and his school friend Joseph wanted to do something to support people living with Type 1 diabetes. We found this idea from Diabetes UK, and thought with help from a few friends it would be an exciting challenge. The support from friends has been fantastic and we are looking forward to completing the 22 miles as a group.”
Jacob said: “I really enjoy swimming and thought this would be a great way to raise awareness and funds for diabetes.”
Diabetes UK’s Swim 22 challenge runs annually from 22 March through to 22 May, and encourages participants to raise as much as possible for the charity.
Jane-Claire Judson, National Director of Diabetes Scotland, said: “We are delighted that Jacob, Joseph and friends have decided to take on Swim 22 to help other children and families who are affected by Type 1 diabetes. They are taking on an immense challenge which will help us towards a future without diabetes.”
Jacob’s team will be taking part in a distance award at Eastwood Leisure Centre on April 13 at 10am, with a grand finale on Sunday, May8 from 9am-12 noon, at Neilston Pool.
If you would like to sponsor the team, you can do so at www.justgiving.com/Giffnock-swimmers .
The swimmers hope for some support and all are welcome to go along to the events.