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Phil Godfrey to swim the Coniston Water to raise money for JDRF

13 June 2012

Phil Godfrey, 43 from Melton, is planning to swim the length of the 5.5 mile long Coniston Water to raise money for JDRF.

Phil, who will be joined by his friend Mark Sallinger, will be swimming the Cumbrian lake in July with an aim of raising £2,000.

Phil’s son Ben, who is now eight, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was two years old. Phil said "Should Ben's blood sugar levels go too low, he could pass out or in the worst instance, fall into a coma.

‘If his levels run consistently high, he runs the risk of developing complications such as blindness, kidney disease and heart disease, amongst others.’

Commenting on his challenge Phil said ‘A 5.5 mile swim in open water will be a big ask but we are training hard. We will be in wet suits and we will have a support boat with us just in case.’

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