Going for a swim at the St Mary’s pool after a long day of classes has become something of a ritual for me now that I’m almost two thirds through my course. There’s nothing more therapeutic, and it’s also a bit surreal remembering that Alexander Fleming used to do laps here, as have generations of students since it first opened 80 years ago.
That’s why I don’t want to see it closing down this July. To save it, I’ll be swimming 22 miles – the width of the English Channel – at St Mary’s over the next 12 weeks as part of the Diabetes UK Swim22 Challenge. It’s a chance to show how big a splash our pool can make while raising funds for diabetes care at the same time.
If you can, I’d love for you to join me. The more of us, the more of an impact we make. Just click here to sign up or share our event to help us go the distance. See you in the water!