Char­ity swim­mers raise money for Di­a­betes UK

The Oban Times - - Sport -

A CHAR­ITY re­lay swim cov­er­ing the length of the English Chan­nel in Oban’s At­lantis pool on Sun­day has so far raised £900, well over twice its £ 350 tar­get, for Di­a­betes UK.

Lo­cal or­gan­iser Ben Pol­lock, him­self a type one di­a­betic, swam 100 lengths of the 1,416 re­quired to equal the 22-mile dis­tance be­tween Eng­land and France, fol­lowed by dozens of other spon­sored swim­mers, in­clud­ing Ben’s girl­friend Lisa who fin­ished 20 lengths, and his son Matthew who com­plet- ed 25. The youngest sup­porter, aged five, man­aged two lengths.

Di­a­betes UK’s na­tional fundrais­ing event, called Swim 22, is meant to run over three months, but Ben planned it to last one day from 8am to 4pm, with the help of his friends and fam­ily.

He said: ‘My main ob­jec­tive when or­gan­is­ing this swim was to raise money for Di­a­betes UK, but more im­por­tantly get ev­ery­one ac­tive and achieve some­thing to­gether.

‘It didn’t mat­ter if you swam one length or a mil­lion – we did it to­gether.

‘It’s time to go to great lengths for peo­ple with di­a­betes. A huge thank you to ev­ery­one. I am over­whelmed with your gen­eros­ity.’

Ben’s Just­giv­ing page ex­plains: ‘ Each week thou­sands of peo­ple in the UK suf­fer heart at­tacks, heart fail­ure, stroke, am­pu­ta­tion and blind­ness be­cause of their di­a­betes.

‘But when peo­ple man­age their di­a­betes well, they can avoid th­ese life-threat­en­ing com­pli­ca­tions and stay healthy. Di­a­betes UK pro­vides in­for­ma­tion, care, and sup­port for ev­ery­one with di­a­betes – and for their fam­ily and friends – so they can man­age their con­di­tion well.

‘Di­a­betes UK’s cam­paigns im­prove life for peo­ple with di­a­betes while their re­search de­vel­ops new treat­ments, tech­nolo­gies and will, one day, find a cure.’

Swim­mers Ewen MacEachen, left, and El­liot Dougall, right, about to be­gin their char­ity swim for their friend Ben Pol­lock, cen­tre, and Di­a­betes UK.

Ben Pol­lock fresh from swim­ming his 100 lengths at At­lantis to raise aware­ness and funds for Di­a­betes UK. Photo: Kevin McG­lynn

Char­ity swim­mers Julie Did­cock, Keira MacIn­tyre, Katie Gal­braith and Claire Hutchi­son.

Right: Re­becca MacKin­non on her way to com­plet­ing 80 plus lengths of the pool at At­lantis Leisure.

Julie Did­cock in the pool. Photo: Kevin McG­lynn

Du­gald Munro com­pleted 40 laps of At­lantis Leisure’s swim­ming pool, out of 1,416 needed to cover the 22-mile dis­tance of the English Chan­nel.

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