DCSIMG

Sheffield Karate kids fly high thanks to funding

Children from the Te Sheng Do martial arts club, which meets each week at Shortbrook School in Westfield, with leader Carl Beckett and Help A Child Have A Chance trustees Eamonn Hunt and Shirley Kilner

Children from the Te Sheng Do martial arts club, which meets each week at Shortbrook School in Westfield, with leader Carl Beckett and Help A Child Have A Chance trustees Eamonn Hunt and Shirley Kilner

A martial arts club for children in Sheffield will be able to put on even more classes thanks to a £1,600 grant from the 12 Days of Christmas campaign.

The Studio 54 club is based at Shortbrook School in Westfield, and provides sessions in te-sheng-do - a form of karate and kickboxing - for dozens of local youngsters.

Now the group is set to receive more than £1,670 from charity Help A Child Have A Chance to add another evening class which will be free to attend.

Organiser Carl Beckett said the money would ‘improve the children’s lives significantly’, helping them to stay fit and healthy.

“The current services that we provide include breakfast clubs, after school clubs and one evening class,” he said.

“The evening class is currently for 20 to 30 children.

“Some of the children who attend have special needs and we have seen a great improvement in their motor skills, social skills and fitness.”

Carl added: “I would love to provide another evening session which would be free for all to attend.

“This would improve the children’s lives significantly as some of the children families on the estate are on low incomes and cannot afford much.

“This also provides a safe and friendly environment for children to be in rather than on the streets and gives them a chance to engage in a more active and healthy lifestyle.”

The Star has teamed up with Help A Child Have A Chance for the third year running to offer young people the chance to receive a slice of £10,000.

Grants from the charity pot are awarded to individuals aged up to 18, or groups, carers and educators who work with young people in need of funding.

Nominations flooded in after an appeal, and now the winners are being revealed.

Help A Child Have A Chance was set up by the family of the late Hallam FM DJ Dave Kilner, who died more than four years ago.

Dave raised thousands for children by organising countless charity events, and the good cause was set up to continue his legacy.

Since the appeal started in 2011 it has helped over 850 children.

“We are totally voluntary and every penny we raise goes to helping sick, needy and disadvantaged children,” said trustee Shirley Kilner, Dave’s widow.

* Visit Help a child have a chance for more information. See The Star tomorrow for another 12 Days of Christmas winner.

 

Comments

 
 

Back to the top of the page