Karate group’s competition for Sunderland hospice

Gold medal winners at the Dokan Karate club, Sunderland, left to right; Abbie Scollen, 11, Hannah Nicholson, 11, Simone Stewart, 10, Lola Cassidy, 8, and Alex Steadman aged 11.

Gold medal winners at the Dokan Karate club, Sunderland, left to right; Abbie Scollen, 11, Hannah Nicholson, 11, Simone Stewart, 10, Lola Cassidy, 8, and Alex Steadman aged 11.

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A WEARSIDE hospice has received a cash boost, thanks to a youth martial arts group.

Dokan Karate Club has donated £650 raised from a charity competition to St Benedict’s Hospice, in Monkwearmouth.

Lola Cassidy, 8, left, sparring with Grace King, 8, at the Dokan Karate club, Sunderland.

Lola Cassidy, 8, left, sparring with Grace King, 8, at the Dokan Karate club, Sunderland.

Chief instructor Kevan Mitchinson organised the event in memory of his late father, Richard, who spent 10 days in the hospice’s care before dying of cancer last July, aged 65.

“The competition was really good,” said Kevan. “I had over 100 people there. It was nice, there were lots of parents watching.”

St Benedict’s Hospice fund-raiser Sylvia Stoneham said: “We are delighted that community groups such as Dokan choose to support the hospice.

“Their donation means a lot to us, especially as we prepare to move to the new hospice.”

Lola Cassidy, aged 8, from East Boldon, member of Dokan Karate club, Sunderland.

Lola Cassidy, aged 8, from East Boldon, member of Dokan Karate club, Sunderland.

The hospice is planning to move to a new building in Ryhope in spring this year.

In total, £1,400 was raised from the competition held at the Castle View Centre last month. From that, £250 was donated to Macmillan Nurses, with the remainder given to other local charities.

There was further cheer for Dokan as they returned from Sunday’s English Karate Federation Championship in Sheffield with a hatful of medals – including six gold, five silver and 10 bronze.

Kevan said: “It’s absolutely fantastic. I love winning and I love seeing the kids winning and doing well.”

Gold medal winners at the Dokan Karate club, Sunderland, left to right; Abbie Scollen, 11, Hannah Nicholson, 11, Simone Stewart, 10, Lola Cassidy, 8, and Alex Steadman aged 11.

Gold medal winners at the Dokan Karate club, Sunderland, left to right; Abbie Scollen, 11, Hannah Nicholson, 11, Simone Stewart, 10, Lola Cassidy, 8, and Alex Steadman aged 11.

Kevan, who coaches more than 150 youngsters, is planning to organise the charity competition again in December to help children’s charities.

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Dokan Karate club, Sunderland

Dokan Karate club, Sunderland