HAILSHAM: Fundraising marathon runner in fancy dress – who you gonna call?

Matt Graham-Single in his Ghostbusters costume
Matt Graham-Single in his Ghostbusters costume

IF YOU see a figure running around the streets of Hailsham dressed as a Ghostbuster, chances are it will be dad-of-three Matt Graham-Single training for the Brighton marathon.

The 39-year-old maintenance engineer, from Harebeating Drive, has put his creativity to the test to come up with a replica fancy dress costume, straight from the hit 1980s film, for when he hits the pavements next month to raise money for the Friston Children’s Ward at the DGH.

He spent a month fashioning the replica proton pack, made entirely from recycled rubbish, adhesive and spray-paint and is made to the same spec as the packs worn in the film.

“I downloaded plans from the internet,” he told the Gazette. “The actual one in the film weighs a ridiculous amount and I wouldn’t get very far. It is fairly close to the real one and has lights that are wired up.

“It is going to have to go through a lot. It will have to last for five hours on my back so I had to make sure it was strong enough. It’s probably going to last longer than me.”

Matt, who moved to Hailsham with his wife Sadie, got the running bug after taking part in last year’s Brighton marathon to raise £700 for Eastbourne’s Special Care Baby Unit which cared for his one of the couple’s twin sons, Ford.

Now aged 18 months, Ford has made a full recovery and Matt has decided to raise money for the Friston children’s ward at EDGH.

“I’ve got three little-uns and I am praying they never need the hospital but it is great to know we have the facility there,” he said.

“The hospital were wonderful in all the help they gave my twin boys and this is my way of saying thanks.”

Matt has been taking to the streets of Hailsham in the evenings to practise running in the outfit and has been getting some strange looks from members of the public.

“I already knew I could do the marathon so this year I wanted to do something with a bit of a twist,” he said.

“I had seen people running dressed as bears and clowns but I had never seen anybody dressed as a Ghostbuster so I thought it would be funny.

“I’ve been running around the streets at night time. I hope I don’t get arrested under the Mental Health Act!”

If you would like to sponsor Matt, visit www.justgiving.com/matt-sadie