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.