The Lieutenant-Governor of Guernsey, Vice Admiral Sir Ian Corder, and Lady Corder will be taking part in Guernsey’s only round the island challenge, the Saffery Rotary Walk, on 3 June.

To acknowledge their support of the walk they will be given the specially allocated walker identification numbers 1 and 2 respectively.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Saffery Rotary Walk and 40th anniversary of Saffery Champness in Guernsey and the committee is hoping to make this year’s walk the best yet.

Over 650 people participated in last year’s walk with one in six coming from outside the island, making a significant contribution to the total £57,526 raised.

Sir Ian will be contacting some of his past service colleagues from the UK and beyond to encourage them to come over and take on the challenge. The committee hopes that islanders will follow this great example and encourage their own friends and family from off-island to come over to Guernsey and take part.

Sir Ian said: “My wife and I are very glad to be part of the 20th anniversary of this important and inclusive annual event and are very much looking forward to meeting islanders and visitors along the route.”

28 local charitable projects have been selected to receive funding from the monies raised by participants this year.

Simon Milsted, chair of the walk’s organising committee, said: “We are extremely grateful that the Lieutenant Governor and Lady Corder are supporting us in this way and we hope that many other people will be enthused to join them on the 20th anniversary of this iconic island event.”

Lisa Vizia, director at Saffery Champness, said: “This is a milestone year for us as a company. To have the Lieutenant Governor and Lady Corder’s support is a fitting way to mark both the walk’s 20th and our 40th anniversary in Guernsey.”

Organisers are calling for walkers to sign up now to take advantage of the individual and relay team early bird offers which end on 31 January.

Registration is available HERE and a special early bird offer is available for walkers who register before the 31 January. For those who feel 39 miles may be a step too far, relay teams of between four and seven members are invited to share the load and complete the walk collectively.