Friday, August 30, 2013

News: Martek director to stand up for charity

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Steve Coulson, sales director at Martek Marine in Rotherham, is swapping his suit for the stage as he prepares to perform a stand-up comedy routine at a unique fundraising event.

Steve is one of ten personalities from well-known organisations in the Sheffield city region taking in part in the Funny Business event that is being organised in association with the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) to raise money for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

The participants will soon begin training with top Sheffield comic, Alfie Moore and the training will culminate with the comedy hopefuls performing live on stage at Sheffield City Hall on November 7.

One of the co-founders of Manvers-based Martek Marine, Coulson is more at home supplying safety and environmental monitoring systems to the global shipping industry. He said: "I wanted to do something that was well outside of my comfort zone - and this definitely is!"

Funds raised will contribute to the Cancer Charity's "Do Your Bit" campaign, which is raising funds for a new, state-of-the-art Cancer Research and Treatment Suite at Weston Park Hospital.

This new facility will give more patients access to a wider range of cutting-edge cancer treatments, as well as enabling significant development of the hospital's ground-breaking programme of clinical trials.

Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity needs to raise £1.5m this year in order to fund pioneering cancer research and to help improve the treatments and care for people living with cancer.

Weston Park Hospital provides care for cancer patients from across the region, which means that patients from Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster, Worksop, Chesterfield, and beyond benefit from donations made to the charity.

Tina Harrison, acting deputy director at Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, said: "It's just brilliant to see incredibly busy people who are at the very top of their game make time to get involved in this unique fundraising event. They are all used to high pressure roles, but Funny Business will see them completely outside of their comfort zones so it should be an interesting and enjoyable night for all!"

Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity website
Steve's Just Giving page
Martek Marine website

Images: Weston Park Cancer Charity

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