Karate kids hope charity night will be a hit

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KARATE kids from are aiming to punch above their weight to raise cash for charities.

The youngsters are members of Dokan Shotokan Karate Club, which trains at venues in Sunderland, East Boldon and Whitburn.

The event, on December 2 at the Castle View Centre, aims to donate half the cash raised to Wearside’s St Benedict’s Hospice.

The event is being organised by the club’s instructor, Kevan Michinson, from East Boldon, who chose St Benedict’s because of the care it gave to his father, who died of cancer earlier this year.

He said: “We are a club which draws members from the community in South Tyneside and Sunderland and we want to raise some cash to put back into those communities.

“I’ve been running these competitions since I opened the club four years ago, but this year I’m inviting other clubs to attend and seeking sponsors for every category with the aim of raising cash for charity.

“I’ve already got 25 sponsors – 20 businesses and five individuals – but it would be great if we got 50, each paying £20.”

He added: “These youngsters put a lot into their sport and we are looking to do something for our local community. It would be nice if a few more people could come forward and support them.”

Dokan recently returned in triumph from the East Yorkshire Open Championships in Hull

The club entered 27 students into one of the country’s top tournaments and came home with nine gold, 12 silver and 37 bronze medals.

Potential sponsors for the charity tournament can contact Kevan on 0793 913 0411.