A CHILDREN’S nurse is preparing to swim the equivalent of the English Channel after a shock diabetes diagnosis.

Aimee Agombar, 29, is taking on the swimming challenge of the year – Swim 22 – which will see her swim 22 miles between February 22 and May 22.

Aimee, who is from Braintree, has taken up the challenge in aid of Diabetes UK after being diagnosed with type two diabetes in December last year.

She is hopes the challenge will not only make her fitter, but may also put her condition back into remission.

Aimee, who also suffers with a degenerative disc disease, said: “I was so shocked when I was diagnosed just before Christmas, but I’m determined to take action now to make a change for my long-term future health.

“My grandad has type two diabetes, so I do understand how serious it can be.

“This is why the challenge came at a perfect time for me.

“I want to raise money for Diabetes UK, but also raise awareness and understanding of this condition.”

The Swim 22 challenge is taking place across the country and anyone is able to sign up to the challenge.

Diabetes UK spokesman Teresa Strange added: “We are delighted that Aimee is making a splash for Diabetes UK.

“The lengths that she is going to will bring us closer to our vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm.

“Swim 22 is perfect if you want to challenge yourself to get fitter at your own pace and in your own time.

“You can swim in your local pool alone or, better still, get your family, friends and colleagues involved.

“Our dedicated team will be on hand to support you from start to finish.”

To sign up, visit diabetes.org.uk/swim22.