Ironmen show their softer side to raise charity cash

(l-r) Martin Simpson, of Woodlands and Martin Cartwright, of Arksey are preparing for the Survival of the Fittest contest to raise moeny for the National Kidney Trust. Picture: Andrew Roe
(l-r) Martin Simpson, of Woodlands and Martin Cartwright, of Arksey are preparing for the Survival of the Fittest contest to raise moeny for the National Kidney Trust. Picture: Andrew Roe

A DAD is aiming to prove he has the same courage as his ill daughter by completing a 10k charity run.

Martin Simpson, 33, decided he wanted to raise thousands of pounds for the National Kidney Trust as five-year-old Melina suffers from the henoch schonlein purpura condition.

The Woodlands Primary School pupil takes several types of medication to counter the effects of the disease, which makes the kidneys inactive and unable to properly filter body toxins.

Martin, of Fifth Avenue, Woodlands, has enlisted the help of pal Martin Cartwright, 27, of Ings Way, Arksey, to raise cash.

The pair have been going through their final preparations for this weekend’s Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest contest in Nottingham, where each kilometre they will encounter obstacles.

Martin Simpson, a fitness instructor at Adwick Leisure Centre, said: “The charity means a lot because I’ve had to think of the worst if anything happened to Melina. The worst case scenario is her kidney failing and needing to look into dialysis or a transplant.”

The duo have already raised £1,400 through their Just Giving page.