Grateful Martyn’s hospital fundraiser

Martyn Askew, cousin, Iain Askew and Terry Chambers who are kayaking down the Caledonian Canal to raise money for the Chesterman wing at the Northern General
Martyn Askew, cousin, Iain Askew and Terry Chambers who are kayaking down the Caledonian Canal to raise money for the Chesterman wing at the Northern General
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A funeral director who was diagnosed with a life-threatening aneurysm when he underwent a routine health check is setting off on a charity kayak trip to thank the doctors who saved him.

Martyn Askew, aged 55, from Woodseats, needed a heart valve replacement following the discovery during a Well Man test at the Northern General Hospital three years ago.

Martyn is joining his cousin Iain Askew and pal Terry Chambers on a 60-mile journey along the Caledonian Canal in Scotland, starting on May 4.

Martyn, who works for John Fairest Funeral Home, said he is looking forward to the challenge, but added: “It depends on the conditions – we don’t know what we’re going to face.”

Cheque donations can be made payable to the Sheffield Hospitals Charity, and sent to either of the John Fairest homes, at 10-56 Penistone Road North, Wadsley Bridge, or 152 Abbey Lane, Woodseats.