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Guernsey Kidney Patients Association

Guernsey Kidney Patients Association

Friday 16 February 2024

Guernsey Kidney Patients Association


MEDIA RELEASE: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and not Bailiwick Express, and the text is reproduced exactly as supplied to us

The Guernsey Kidney Patients Association is unknown on Guernsey, unless you or someone who has an issue with their kidneys. Because of this, Ambrose Netherton is gearing up to climb Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro in August 2024.

A keen runner and a lover of the outdoors, 25-year-old Ambrose was looking for a new challenge. But he also needed a reason to do it, and a conversation with a good friend who utilised the Renal Unit gave him that:

“My friend had kidney disease and underwent dialysis before having a transplant. We talked about that and the great support that patients get from the charity the Guernsey Kidney Patients Association. She is a member of their committee, and I knew after talking to my friend that they would be my charity of choice, and I want to raise as much money for them as I can.”

Chair of the charity, Justine Gilman, has said “we want to support Ambrose as much as possible to provide as much visibility of the charity as possible across Guernsey.  What Ambrose has signed up for is an amazing achievement, not just for himself but also the charity.  The charity is extremely thankful.”

Ambrose will be climbing as part of a group of twelve and has timed it so that the weather at the summit should be clear. But the expedition is costly, coming at more than £5,000 for the whole package, so Ambrose is looking for some help with that:

“It would be great if a company or two in Guernsey would consider corporate sponsorship. In return for as much media exposure as I can get them, they would also know that they were helping a really good cause.”

Ambrose, who’s a qualified carpenter, has hiked in the Lake District. He has taken part in three long distance events in 2023, including running the entire coastline of Guernsey which is some task.  He will continue running and gym work through the winter then will begin using a weighted rucksack in the spring to simulate the effort of climbing at altitude. Members of the Guernsey Kidney Patients Association (GKPA) plan to accompany him on a training session in March 2024 to coincide with World Kidney Day, when their annual quiz night will also be happening.

The Guernsey Kidney Patients Association is a locally registered charity set up to look after and promote the interests of people with kidney disease in the island. It holds a number of fund raising and awareness events throughout the year.

If you, or your company, would like to sponsor Ambrose, please contact him via the GKPA on:

gkpaguernsey@outlook.com or justine.gilman@outlook.com


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