Pride of Britain Fundraiser Finalist 2020: Will Highfield

Will Highfield is one of four finalists for this year's ITV Channel Fundraiser of the Year in the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Each year, ITV News regions across the UK search for a local Fundraiser of the Year as part of the national Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards.

Here in the Channel Islands, four finalists have now been selected form the many nominations we received.

One of those is Will Highfield, who runs ultra-marathons to raise money for the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust - a cause he says does vital work both locally and around the world.

I ran the Jersey Marathon in a gorilla suit, I've also recently visited Uganda where I ran with all the locals, which was brilliant. Since then, I've done ultra marathons based in Jersey, the most recent was the Olympus Mons Challenge where we had to climb around 22,000 metres elevation in a week whilst working full time, so it's the equivalent of climbing up and down Everest almost three times.

Will Highfield

So far, he has raised over £45,000. This was originally supposed to fund a new gorilla enclosure, however as the zoo has struggled financially this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is now being used to keep it open.

Obviously I don't do any of the fundraising or volunteering to win awards and get medals, but it's so nice to know that people do appreciate the work that gets put in.

Will Highfield

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The regional winner will be announced during the ITV Channel 6pm news on Friday 2nd October.