A St Peterport’s man with Type 1 diabetes is set to scramble along the island’s Southern coastline in his epic coasteering challenge to raise money for Diabetes UK from 8 – 9 June.
Coasteering is the art of moving along the coast by rock scrambling, rock traversing, caving, swimming and leaping from cliffs. Matthew Ferguson, 33, makes up the team of a dozen locals involved in the one day feat named ‘Graniterash’.
Being the first of its kind, the Channel Island challenge has attracted local celebrity support from Sam Cochrane, Guernsey Football Club Captain, and Tamara Timothy from Channel Television who will join them on smaller sections over the course of the weekend.
The local Island Ribvoyages , sightseeing boat company has also arranged special spectator trips and will be donating a percentage of the ticket price to Diabetes UK.
The course will start from Fairy Ring, Pleinmont Point on Friday morning and finish the next day at St Martin’s Point.
In preparation for his coastal crawl, Matthew, father of two, has been coasteering for around four hours at weekends along different points on the south coast, and he says: “It’s my first ever fundraising feat and it seems to have taken over my life but I am enjoying every minute of it.”
‘Graniterash’ is the first challenge organised by Matthew, a local boat builder from St Saviours, who has sought advice from the Guernsey Environment Department regarding the location of the nesting sea birds: “We have altered the course where possible to avoid these areas and will be keeping disturbance to a minimum.”
Diagnosed with the condition when he was four, the outdoor adventure and coasteering instructor explains his motivation: ‘I’ve always had a small chip on my shoulder about being told I couldn’t do certain things because of my Type 1 diabetes, so it felt right to raise not only money for Diabetes UK but awareness too.”
Jenny Green, South East Regional Fundraising Manager, said: “We thank and appreciate the fantastic fundraising achievements of the ‘Graniterash’ team. It is truly a challenging feat in aid of our charity.
“Diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges facing the UK today and the money raised will help improve the care and support available for people affected by the condition.’’
Diabetes is serious: if not diagnosed early enough or managed effectively, the condition can lead to devastating complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and amputation.
To sponsor Matthew and the team visit: http://www.justgiving.com/graniterash2012