Jersey headteacher to climb Ben Nevis for JBTC

Fri 5 June 2015

“Aint No Mountain High Enough”

Father and son, Gary and William Coutanche, along with family friend and intrepid mountaineer Eric Blakeley, will climb the highest mountain in the British Isles in July to raise awareness and funds for us the Jersey Brain Tumour charity, a charity that is close to their hearts.

Gary Coutanche, who is the Headteacher at De La Salle Primary School, underwent surgery in 2013 to remove a brain tumour. He was supported in his recovery by JBTC. He explained why he is now facing the challenge of Ben Nevis to raise funds for the Charity:

“After I had undergone surgery to remove a brain tumour, the Jersey Brain Tumour Charity provided me with genuine support at a time when I needed it most and their support worker really helped me along the road to recovery. The excellent service they offer patients and their families is invaluable and in return for the support they gave to me I wanted to give something back. The challenge of climbing Ben Nevis is the perfect opportunity for my son and I to help fund the vital work they do.”

He added: “This is a significant challenge. We hope to take a more difficult route up Ben Nevis, which is where Eric Blakeley, with his vast experience, will help us most. Eric is a long-term friend who I have walked with on many occasions and I think this will be a memorable trip with a positive outcome for a very worthwhile cause.”

Sue May, Chairman of the Jersey Brain Tumour Charity, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to see Gary, William and Eric take up the Ben Nevis Challenge to raise funds for the Jersey Brain Tumour Charity.  We’re behind them all the way and looking forward to supporting them in their fundraising over the coming weeks.

Gary Coutanche’s son, William, a year nine pupil at De La Salle, has been instrumental in planning their Ben Nevis Challenge. To kick-start their funds he made a presentation to the De La Salle charity committee which successfully raised £800. 

As well as dedicating time to training for the climb, Gary and William will be organising a number of fundraising activities over the coming months and have set up a JustGiving page. Mr Blakeley will record the walk on film and the Jersey Brain Tumour Charity will use social media to keep track of them team as they face their challenge.

To read Gary’s emotional story click here -

We will keep you up-to-date of the boys journey, via our facebook & twitter accounts & on their return the dramatic footage via our youtube channel.

Please join us in wishing them well & supporting & sharing their just giving page so we can help them hit their target -