Fundraising inspired by Leeds boy Marty smashes £20k

Sarah Bishop with her son Marty.
Sarah Bishop with her son Marty.
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A charity fund inspired by a boy who has defied doctors’ predictions has hit the £20,000 milestone.

Sarah Bishop started fundraising for Cardiomyopathy UK after her son Marty was diagnosed with the condition before he was born.

Marty Bishop

Marty Bishop

Despite Sarah and husband Darren being warned Marty was unlikely to survive birth, he is now a healthy six-year-old thanks to expert care and monitoring.

The fundraising he has inspired has now raised £20,000 for the charity which was a “lifeline” to his family.

Sarah, from Guiseley, said she was delighted to raise so much.

“Its been really good for us as a family to help us cope with everything and to give back to this charity which was a lifeline to me. They became a huge part of our lives.”

Marty was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a thickening of the heart muscle, weeks before he was born.

“We were given a very poor prognosis for survival at the time and it was just heartbreaking,” Sarah added.

But he was put under the care of experts at Great Ormond Street Hospital and has defied all predictions, now only needing regular checks, and he lives a normal life and attends Guiseley Primary School.

Sarah, who has two older children, added: “We are worlds away from the dark place we were six years ago but our future is still unknown with unpredictable disease.”

The fundraising target was reached with help from family and friends, including through fetes, music nights, cake sales and a skydive by daughter Kim. Sarah said her friend Alison Gallant had been a constant support and the proceeds of her latest fundraising party took the total over £20,000.

For more: Visit Martys Penny Bank on Facebook.