Ex-soldier battles through charity bid to raise cash

Martin Jones, who soldiered on with his fund-raising bid for the Samaritans despite suffering a severe stroke
Martin Jones, who soldiered on with his fund-raising bid for the Samaritans despite suffering a severe stroke
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A former soldier is celebrating after completing his charity bid despite suffering a severe stroke seven months in.

Martin Jones decided to grow his hair in March 2016 and asked family and friends to sponsor him for a charity haircut the following year.

But the ex-troop sergeant suffered a stroke while attending a concert and after first spending over a month in hospital, he was then confined to a wheelchair.

“I’d gone to see The Moody Blues at The Apex but missed the show as I collapsed while climbing the stairs,” said Martin, 60, from Sapiston.

“It was totally unexpected as there had been no previous warning signs and it put me in hospital for a month, after completely losing the use of the left-hand side of my body.

“When I eventually left hospital, I was determined to see the fund-raising bid through, even though people thought I had more than enough to worry about.

“As an ex-soldier, it annoys me if my hair isn’t cut after two weeks but I decided to soldier on and the sponsorship shot up after my daughter, Tracy, told my story on Facebook.”

Mr Jones raised £1,100 for the Bury and West Suffolk Samaritans by having his hair cut off on March 1.

The previous year, he managed to raise £800 for the rehabilitation centre at RAF Honington the same way, despite suffering pneumonia.

“I was overjoyed to raise the money,” added Martin.

“I’m now planning some more fund-raising and also hoping to finally see The Moody Blues,later this year.”