Martin has lived in Sheffield all his life. He has suffered with chronic ill-health since being a teenager, when tuberculosis left him permanently needing crutches. After leaving school he worked in a solicitor’s office before moving to Firth Brown steelworks. He stayed there until taking voluntary redundancy in 1983, aged 59. Martin married in 1949, he has one daughter and his wife died in 1973 from cervical cancer. He has the support of a close companion with whom he developed a relationship after the loss of his wife. In 1992, Martin was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour which caused hearing loss in one ear, and in 1996 discovered that he had prostate cancer which had spread to his bones by the end of the year.
Interviewer: If you became less well er, and you needed St Luke’s again, would that be your option? Would it be there that you would want to go and let them look after you?
Well I think if er, I became less well I reckon the first thing I might have to do is to consider going into a residential home, which I thought might be, er might come to pass after I came out this time, but I’m so glad that I had the bed downstairs, and I get wonderful support from the lady you’ve just seen and, and the carers from the Council, who come to me three times a day.
And I’m really pleased I went down that road rather than consider a residential home, because …
Interviewer: I absolutely agree with you.
… I don’t think I’m the type of person who would shine in a place like that [chuckles] to be honest.
Interviewer: But what you can keep doing is going in for respite care to St Luke’s …