A chance meeting at exercise classes at Tameside Hospital for patients who had undergone open heart surgery led David Faulkner and Ken Martin to team up to say thank you for their life saving care.
The pair, who both live in Denton, have been raising funds for both Tameside and Wythenshawe Hospital since 2009. “ We got chatting and realised that we both played guitars and decided to put our musical talents to good use,” explains David, who is 72 and a retired contracts buyer for an engineering company.
The pair have organised and performed charity shows, raising almost £13,000 from these popular events. The money raised has been donated equally between Tameside Hospital’s Physiotherapy Department and the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department at Wythenshawe, for the benefit of all patients.
Next week sees the duo’s sell out tenth charity show, which will take place on Thursday (July 14) at Denton West End WMC, on Grosvenor Street. But this time Ken, who is 74 and a retired BT engineer, will be there in a supporting role as he recently had a brain haemorrhage and sadly can no longer perform.
However, a host of talented local singers, dancers and comedians will be sharing the stage with David for this milestone event, which hopes to bring the target of monies raised over the past seven years to a staggering £15,000.
For more information please contact David Faulkner on 0161 320 1558 or Susan Osborne on 07836 229208.
Their most recent charity show was held at Denton West End W.M.C. in May this year, and the proceeds have been spent on a tilt table to rehabilitate patients who have been on the Intensive Therapy Unit or Stroke Unit. In the picture (from left to right) David Faulkner and his wife, Sheila, Carolyn Barratt, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist at Tameside Hospital and Ken Martin and wife, Christine.