Welcome @Pete and congratulations on the pump funding, that’s brilliant news!
CGM funding is a bit of a black art, I’d definitely start by trying to get the company to give you a free trial (for a long as possible but I did it for a week and the data from that allowed me to show some significant differences in control with and without the system). For more general stuff, take a look at this post http://www.shootuporputup.co.uk/2009/07/show-me-the-money/
Crossing the Irish Sea by stand up paddle board? On my list of reasons why I really don’t fancy that, diabetes doesn’t even make the top 100, but I can see that if you’re mad enough to do it CGM would be handy!