A kind-hearted six-year-old fundraiser with a heart condition is putting on his chef’s hat to take part in another charity event before the start of Saturday’s Guiseley AFC football match on February 25th – and wants the people of Yorkshire to help him out with the foodie challenge!
Marty Bishop from Guiseley has the heart condition cardiomyopathy, but he refuses to let the condition slow him down.
While Marty may have some limitations ahead of him, he has proved to be a natural actor and singer, playing the part of Bert in a production of Mary Poppins and Michael in Elf: The Musical as part of plays staged by the Little Cherries Drama and Musical Theatre Club in Leeds.
He has also been interviewed by BBC Radio Leeds about the inherited heart condition, and featured in The Sun newspaper as part of the Jeans for Gene Day in 2015.
Since his diagnosis as a baby, Marty’s family has thrown themselves into fundraising for the charity dedicated to research and support into cardiomyopathy, Bucks-based Cardiomyopathy UK.
So far the Bishop family has raised an amazing £21,000 using the fundraising name Marty’s Penny Bank.
One of Marty’s successful fundraising ideas was to create ‘pet rocks’ by painting and glazing pebbles he found on holiday. This has raised hundreds of pounds from those who couldn’t resist his cute googly-eyed creations!
You will find Marty’s bun stall at Guiseley AFC on February 25th from 1.30pm until the start of Saturday’s match at 3pm. He would like as many people to come along and buy his cakes and treats, and help towards research into the condition he has.
Marty said: “I like to help people with cardiomyopathy and make people feel better.”
Marty’s mum Sarah said: “Marty is living proof that having been diagnosed with’ a heart condition doesn’t have to be a barrier to living a happy and fulfilling life. He is always cheerful and won’t anything bring down his sunny outlook on life.
“We really hope people will come out to Guiseley Football Club on the 25th and help Marty out.”