TWO sisters have been recognised after completing a swimming challenge in aid of a cause close to their hearts.

Sisters Evie and Alivia Cutter, from Hindley, have both been given the Young Person’s Outstanding Contribution Award from Diabetes UK.

Evie, 10 and Alivia, six, took part in the Swim22 challenge last year for their grandad, Andy, 65, who has lived with type 1 diabetes for more than 60 years.

Between them they swam more than 90 miles, raising funds and awareness along the way.

Their mum Leigh, 35, said: “I am incredibly proud of Evie and Alivia for the huge effort they have put into raising awareness of diabetes.

"It’s wonderful that all their hard work has been recognised with an Inspire Award and I hope that their effort will go a long way to helping people living with diabetes.”

The sisters have raised more than £1,100 to help people with diabetes.

Evie, who is part of the Wigan Swimming Club, confirmed her inspiration for taking part in the challenge is for her grandad.

She said: "I would swim all around the world for my grandad if it would help people learn more about diabetes.”

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It was the second big swim that sisters Evie and Alivia have taken part in for Diabetes UK, having organised their own challenge two years ago.

Diabetes is a serious condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly.

If not managed well, both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can lead to devastating complications.

With the right treatment, knowledge and support people living with diabetes can lead a long, full and healthy life.

Head of the north of England at Diabetes UK, Clare Howarth, said: “We have been so impressed by the huge effort both Evie and Alivia have made to raise awareness of diabetes and support our work to help create a world where diabetes can do no harm.

"It’s an honour to recognise their hard work and dedication with this award.”

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