FEARLESS fundraiser Swasie Turner is bidding to become the first person to complete the Falklands Island marathon in a wheelchair.
The former policeman from Saughall Massie will make the 8,000 mile journey to the British territory off the coast of South America next month.
Mr Turner, who lost his right leg after he was involved in a hit and run accident, is taking on the challenge to raise money for two charities.
The marathon is the latest in a long line of fundraising challenges he has taken on since he lost his leg in 1997.
Mr Turner said: “I’m going out there on March 14 with some veterans of the 1982 war and I’m going to do it with the Royal Marines Association.
“It’s never been done before by anyone in a wheelchair.
“I want to raise money for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust and a charity for the blind.
“It will be difficult but I know what the roads are like because I’ve pushed my wheelchair across the Falklands before.”
During his first trip to the Falklands Mr Turner pushed 72 miles across East Falkland from Port San Carlos to Stanley.
He has also pushed his NHS standard wheelchair 108 miles through Death Valley, Nevada – winning the Freedom of Las Vegas – and helped families caught up in the September 11 atrocities with a marathon 350-mile wheelchair trek in America.
Other daring feats include a 250-mile push in Australia, scaling the 500ft Blackpool tower, covering the 38-mile Isle of Man TT circuit and abseiling 100ft down Leasowe lighthouse.
Mr Turner has also completed numerous smaller pushes for local charities.
Many of his early fundraising exploits supported Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology, where his late wife Marje was treated for cancer.
He said: “Over the years I’ve pushed 34,000 miles for charity and I hit the million pound mark last year.
“I’m totally dedicated to raising money for deserving causes.”
For more information about Swasie visit www.swasieturner.org