A FATHER has set himself five challenges to raise more than £5,000 for charity.
Martin Dyson, of Sunnybank, Edgerton, turned 40 in December and decided to achieve something special in his forty-first year.
His 11-year-old daughter, Vanessa, was born with a serious heart defect and had surgery to correct it at Killingbeck Hospital, Leeds, when she was three months old.
She is now fully recovered and is a member of Huddersfield Town Ladies' under-12 team.
Martin, a sales director of a Manchester manufacturing company, aims to raise money for five charities, but has a particular interest in heart charities.
He said: "I celebrated my 40th birthday last December and instead of going through a mid-life crisis I decided I was going to achieve something special. Completing this challenge is something I will hopefully be able to look back on."
He has already completed the first leg of his challenges, the 72-mile Kirklees Way. The walk raised cash for the Forget Me Not Trust, which plans to build a children's hospice in Kirklees or Calderdale.
Martin finished the second part of his challenge, the six-mile Great Manchester Run, when he raised money for the National Heart Research Fund.
This month, he plans to drive 900 miles from Land's End to John o' Groats in a 1950s Land Rover.
Martin is a member of Elland Round Table and will be accompanied by fellow members on the trip.
They are also helping out on the other challenges.
In August, he takes on a 140-mile coast to coast cycle ride from Whitehaven to Sunderland.
He will finish his five challenges with a seven-day sail to the Fastnet Rock off south-west Ireland.
Martin, who is married to Diane and also has a son, Elliot, aged nine, added: "Research is the only way that surgical procedures like the one my daughter underwent can be developed and perfected.
"I am grateful there are organisations like the National Heart Research Fund, who are making such a vital contribution in this area, ensuring that people like my daughter are given the best chances of overcoming their conditions."
To sponsor Martin phone him on 07802 613172.