Red Nose Day/Comic Relief 2015: 24-hour radio marathon hosted by Ipswich cerebral palsy sufferer Matt Joslin will be ‘personal’ challenge
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A budding young radio presenter who has cerebral palsy is preparing for the toughest challenge of his life – by hosting a 24-hour non-stop radio broadcast for Red Nose Day in Ipswich.
Starting at midnight, Matt Joslin, 22, of Warren Heath, will be spinning the discs, interviewing celebs such as former Bucks Fizz singer Cheryl Baker and even take part in a Bushtucker Trial live on air at IO Radio Ipswich, based in Civic Drive all day today.
Matt said: “It all started as a silly little idea at the back of my head last October. I approached my station manager and he loved the idea.
“I’ve done a few things for Sport Relief and Red Nose Day before, but nothing on such a big scale as this. This Red Nose Day, I knew I wanted to do something with more impact because I think the work Comic Relief does is so important.”
Matt has been hosting two weekly shows at the online radio station for the last 18 months and volunteers at BBC Radio Suffolk as he hopes to become a children’s TV presenter.
The Suffolk New College media production graduate, who has a mild form of cerebral palsy, said the epic radio marathon will be a difficult yet personal challenge for him.
“I’m quite lucky as I’ve got it (cerebral palsy) quite mildly,” he said.
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“The way I deal with it is by getting on with life. I don’t see the point of sitting around and feeling sorry for yourself. You have to find a way around it and never let it get in the way.”
Matt has a variety of ideas to keep his broadcast marathon fresh. After playing a solid hour of Comic Relief charity singles, listeners will hear the hits from each decade.
A number of celebrity phone-ins will keep him going, with Cheryl Baker, fashion model Jodie Kidd and comedian Patrick Monahan promising to call up to check on Matt’s progress.
As Friday morning dawns, a sleep-deprived Matt will then gate-crash fellow presenter’s scheduled shows – with a few dares thrown in for good measure.
Matt said: “My station manager has kindly organised for me to do a bush tucker trial at 6pm. He’s going to blindfold me live on air and feed me a variety of grubs and bugs. Apparently, that’s going to be my dinner.”
He added: “I’ve got plenty of water and food and I think there will be enough going on during the day to keep me going.”
Matt even gained the celebrity back of comedian David Walliams and actor David Tennant when attending a Downing Street reception, arranged by Comic Relief, earlier this week.
The former Copleston High School student said: “David Walliams did a 24-hour panel show a few years ago so he gave me some tips. He said eat little and often and told me not to worry about anything wrong that happens – just let it happen.
“David Tennant told him to have plenty of energy drinks. The day was really good fun.”
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/matts24hourradiomarathon.
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