Island Roads employee takes up charity challenge

Posted on: June 22, 2019 at 5:57 am
Luke Corbet

An Island Roads employee will turn daredevil for a day to raise funds for the hospice that gave him life-saving care as a child.

Luke Corbet, 28, hopes to raise £3,000 for Acorns Children’s Hospice, based in the West Midlands, by abseiling down Portsmouth’s 560-foot Spinnaker Tower on Saturday July 1.

Luke, who works as a customer services advisor at Island Roads was born with chronic renal failure and underwent a successful kidney transplant in 1997.

“Acorns provided care for me during my difficult time and want to give something back as I wouldn’t be here today without their help,” Luke said.

“I also have low-level Aspergers Syndrome and I am partially sighted so doing the abseil will be a nerve wracking but hopefully an exciting experience and I am hoping that I can raise a really good amount for the Acorns.”

Lynda Hadley, Events Coordinator at Acorns, said: “Luke’s courage and determination is so inspiring and we wish him all the very best for the abseil. Acorns relies on fundraising to continue its care for families, so we’re very grateful to Luke – he’ll be helping to make a real difference.”

Luke, who lives in Ryde with wife Steph has set up a website page via which people can support his fundraising effort.