Martin takes on 25 challenges in memory of dad

Residents of Atlee Court feel Martin Sawers' newly shaved head

Residents of Atlee Court feel Martin Sawers' newly shaved head

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A man is taking on 25 challenges in memory of his father who died from cancer 25 years ago.

Martin Sawers aims to complete the series of challenges between now and June 7, which will be 25 years on from the death of his dad.

Head Shave :Wellinborough: Atlee Court Martin Sawers having his head shaved and chest waxed to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Relief. l-r Nikki Roberts with daughter Sian Roberts  do the shaving. Sunday 15th December 2013

Head Shave :Wellinborough: Atlee Court Martin Sawers having his head shaved and chest waxed to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Relief. l-r Nikki Roberts with daughter Sian Roberts do the shaving. Sunday 15th December 2013

He kicked off the 25 challenges to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support by having his head shaved and chest waxed.

The second test for Mr Sawers, a service team manager for Housing 21 in Wellingborough, was to set off the next day to visit 25 Housing 21 sheltered housing courts across Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire, Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes dressed as Santa.

Mr Sawers said: “My dad died of cancer just before I reached my 21st birthday.

“He was diagnosed on his 62nd birthday and we were told not to expect him to live into the New Year. Fortunately he was a character and had a bit of a fight in him.

“With that and alongside the support he was given by the Cancer Research Nurses (now Macmillan) he managed to keep going until 7 June, 1988.

“Given that it is the 25th year since my dad passed away, it got me thinking that I would like to give a little something back. Even if it is just my time, I will feel as if I have done something.

“I started the challenges on 15 December, which would have been my dad’s birthday, and I aim to have completed all 25 challenges by 7 June, 2014, the anniversary of his death.”

Mr Sawers’ colleagues helped pick his challenges, including 25 days without coffee and swimming 25 lengths of a pool wearing scuba gear and a knitted swimsuit.