Diabetes UK is urging individuals in Devon to participate in a sponsored swimming mission to amass funds for charity.

Swim22 will run from March 22 to June 22, challenging participants to swim 22 miles, equivalent to the width of the English Channel.

Those who take part will have the freedom to meet the challenge at their preferred pace in their local swimming pool or open water.

The initiative's proceeds will be go towards Diabetes UK's mission to fund critical research and render aid and support to those living with diabetes.

Taking part in the challenge is acclaimed actor and Diabetes UK supporter, Annette Badland.

She noted: "Diabetes UK’s Swim22 challenge is a fantastic way to find a fitter, more confident you.

"I know first-hand that swimming 22 miles over 12 weeks is no mean feat – but the sense of accomplishment you get at the end of the challenge is unmatchable."

Ms Badland, a two-time participant, stressed the beneficial impact of the challenge on mood and its far-reaching impacts for those affected by diabetes.

Exmouth Journal: Diabetes UK's Swim22 will run from March 22 to June 22

Encouraging participation from seasoned swimmers or beginners alike, Phaedra Perry, head of Diabetes UK – south west and south central region, underscored the significance of the challenge: "By taking on Swim22, you’ll not only be swimming towards a healthier you.

"The money you raise will help fund our vital work, including the development of life-changing treatments and supporting people to live well with diabetes."

Participants can opt to swim alone or with family, friends or colleagues, and choose between the standard 22 mile distance, an 11-mile half-distance challenge, or the ambitious double-distance challenge of 44 miles.

Rewards await successful challengers, including a Swim22 swimming cap, three unique distance medals, and a limited-edition towel for anyone who raises more than £350.

For those interested in participating in Swim22, registration can be done at swim22.diabetes.org.uk.

No registration fee is required and there is no minimum sponsorship.