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Firm’s help for Sunderland karate kid’s world championship bid

CHIN-UP: Bailey Baker can pack a punch after a helping hand from Michael Day from Stacey's Domestics.

CHIN-UP: Bailey Baker can pack a punch after a helping hand from Michael Day from Stacey's Domestics.

KARATE champ Bailey Baker has been given a helping hand as he bids for world glory.

Bailey, 15, will head to the world junior karate championships in Spain next month after being selected to represent England.

But he had to find his own funding for the trip and for the extensive training programme he has to undergo to reach the tournament.

Stacey’s Domestics heard about Bailey’s plight and offered £150.

The firm repairs domestic appliances and operates across the East Durham area.  

Bosses know only too well the difficulty Bailey faces as owner Michael Day, from Seaham, used to compete for England at karate.

He said: “It’s not just about getting to Spain, it’s all the trips up and down the country for training, equipment, accommodation, it’s never-ending.

“If I can help Bailey achieve his dream then I will offer what I can to help and, hopefully, others will do the same.”

Red House Academy pupil Bailey, from Castle Mead, near Witherwack, will head to Spain full of confidence after a string of stunning wins, including a gold medal at the British International Open in Glasgow.

He also picked up double gold, in his own 14-15yrs, U-70kg weight class and the open weight category at the UK International in Birmingham two weeks ago.

Bailey, who trains at East Durham Ishinryu karate club at East Durham college in Peterlee, added: “I can’t thank Michael and Stacey’s Domestics enough.

“I just want to get out there now and, hopefully, I can make everyone proud.”

Coach Gavin Foster said: “It’s a great gesture from Michael and Stacey’s Domestics.”

Anyone who can help with sponsorship can contact coach Gavin on 07708 098 691.

 

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