Epic kayak trip raises hundreds for Sheffield hospital

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

A funeral director who was diagnosed with a life-threatening aneurysm at a routine health check raised hundreds of pounds through 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.

He joined 11 pals on a 60-mile journey along the Caledonian Canal in Scotland, which proved a tough challenge when the waters became choppier than expected.

The route cuts across the Highlands, through the Great Glen and four large lochs, including 22 miles across Loch Ness.

“The most picturesque stage was looking over the snow-capped peaks of Ben Nevis and surrounding hills in the sunshine, but the weather did constantly change from bad to worse,” said Martyn, who works for John Fairest Funeral Home.

“It was certainly an adventure and not for the faint hearted, but definitely exhilarating. We all also felt a superb sense of achievement.”

A total of £600 was raised for the Sheffield Hospitals Charity.