A teenage diabetes sufferer is set to swim the English Channel to raise money to raise awareness of her condition.
Georgina Halford, 18, has been swimming with the Flitwick Dolphins for around ten years, but has recently turned her focus on the open water and long-distance swimming.
The former Redborne Upper School pupils, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was just nine years old, will be taking on the epic challenge in August.
She said: “This is going to be the biggest thing I have done so far. I’ve been a competitive swimmer for a long time, but over the last few years I’ve really started to get into long-distance swimming.
“The most I’ve swam before has been about nine miles and this will be 22 miles so it’s going to be tough. I’m hoping to do it wihin 12 hours, but I’ll be happy to just complete it.”
Georgina, of Durham Close, Flitwick, will be raising money for Diabetes UK to raise awareness of the Type 1 condition.
She said: “My diabetes is mainly controlled by an insulin pump that I had fitted a couple of years ago, so it wouldn’t interfere with my swimming, I have to change it about three days a week. I want to make people aware that with Type 1, it’s not about your lifestyle. I was diagnosed with it after I had an infection.”
To donate to her cause go to www.justgiving.com/ georginahalford