Disabled man’s charity challenge

A Hastings man who was left with mobility and balance problems following an episode of a life-threatening illness, is to embark upon a charity challenge next month.

Matthew Thomas, who was struck down with meningitis in 1991, is going to attempt to walk the East Hill steps and raise vital funds for St Michael’s Hospice.

The steps run alongside the funicular and the steep climb will take Matt to around 200 feet above sea level.

The 46-year-old will be attempting his sponsored walk on June 20.

Matt told the Observer he has been practising for the big day and was hoping for good weather.

He said: “I have done the first bit, which was quite a challenge because they are quite steep.

“But I am confident.

“I have been doing my exercises at home anyway for the last 24 years.”

Matt is now looking for sponsors to help him reach his target £1,000 which will go to the St Leonards-based hospice.

Anyone who would like to sponsor Matt is asked to phone him on 01424 437615. Alternatively, log on to Facebook and search for Matt Thomas.

For more on St Michael’s visit: www.stmichaelshospice.org.