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Healthcare Assistant swims channel for charity


7 July 2014

A Healthcare Assistant from The Princess Royal Hospital is swimming to France to help diabetes patients.

Meg Robertson, who works at Hurstwood Park, is participating in a five person team relay swim from Dover to Calais to raise money and awareness for Diabetes UK.

Meg has worked with many patients who have diabetes and said: “I have witnessed the difficulties of managing the condition as well as the traumatic effects that the disease can create if left untreated. I know that increased awareness and funding will directly improve the lifestyles of diabetics, including the possible prevention of developing further complications such as foot problems, cardiac disease and strokes.”

Each team member will swim in two hour slots until they cover the 30 mile crossing. Meg has undertaken extensive training in preparation for the event, including a weekly regime of cardio and core exercises at the gym, swimming at a pool and in the sea as well as following a strict diet.

Meg, who is set to go to Keele Medical School to train as a doctor in September, said: “It will be a brilliant accomplishment but for now, the training is gruelling and the coldness of the sea is fairly shocking.”

The challenge will take place on a day between 14 and 19 July, depending on tides and weather.

If you wish to sponsor Meg, either visit http://www.justgiving.com/Meg-Olivia-Robertsonor text UKFR89 £5 (up to £10) to 70070.