Asda backing for Sunderland karate kid

Bailey Baker, 15, member of the English karate team is being supported with a �200 grant from ASDA as part of their Community Life project.'He is pictured with Warehouise Operations Manager Phil Dodsworth and Community Life Champion Nicola Duke.

Bailey Baker, 15, member of the English karate team is being supported with a �200 grant from ASDA as part of their Community Life project.'He is pictured with Warehouise Operations Manager Phil Dodsworth and Community Life Champion Nicola Duke.

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HIGH-KICKING Bailey Baker has bagged £900 in funding towards his world championships dream.

The 15-year-old is due to head to Spain next month – but needs to secure funding for the trip.

Fellow members of the East Durham Ishinryu karate club held a 90-minute kickathon to raise £700, while the Red House Academy pupil also bagged £200 from Asda, which dipped into its community fund after reading about him in the Echo.

Bailey will compete in the cadet, U-70kg category at the event after impressing England selectors with a string of medal performances in the last 12 months.

But he needs to find funding for additional training, transport and accommodation costs.

Several sponsors have already come forward, the latest being staff at Asda’s CDC distribution site in Washington.

Warehouse operations manager Phil Dodsworth said: “We know how hard it is to achieve sporting dreams and that cannot be achieved without funding. The community fund is for causes just like this, and we are only to glad to help out and hope to continue to support Bailey in the future.”

Bailey, of Castle Mead, near Witherwack, said: “I was delighted to get the funding from Asda. I also want to thank everyone at my club. The support I’ve received has been amazing.

“Hopefully I can do them proud in Spain and bring home a medal.