Academy fundraisers receive visit from CP Sport Young Ambassador Thomas Stamp

Bristol Karate Academy members raised a mammoth £1,000 for Cerebral Palsy Sport through a combination of events, raffles and other donations. Funds raised will go towards encouraging children and young people with Cerebral Palsy to enjoy sport.

Thomas Stamp, Young Sporting Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport accepted the cheque on behalf of the charity on Sunday 23rd February at the club in Backwell. Thomas who took part in the 2019 BBC Children In Need Rickshaw Challenge – is a T35 sprinter from South Gloucestershire athletics club and is a regular medallist at Cerebral Palsy Sport athletic events.

Thomas shared with Academy members some of his own personal experiences and about the great work of Cerebral Palsy Sport before being given a quick Karate demonstration by some of the members of Bristol Karate Academy. A visit from CP World Games athlete Thomas Stamp was the perfect way to celebrate a year of fundraising by Bristol Karate Academy members.

The charity was nominated by Academy member Annette Connell, who had a relative with Cerebral Palsy and was there to present the cheque. Alongside her was club member Pip Mannings who has Cerebral Palsy and been doing Karate since 2012. Pip was amongst those people giving a demonstration of pre-arranged partner drills.

Since 2016, Bristol Karate Academy – who train in Nailsea, Backwell, Long Ashton and Westbury-on-Trym – have picked a charity or cause to support each year, with over £3,500 raised over the last four appeals.

The Academy’s chief instructor Tim Griffiths said, “We’re delighted to have Thomas here with us today to share his inspirational stories and were pleased to hand over a good sum of money to Cerebral Palsy Sport too, thanks to the generosity of our members and friends – so a big thank you to them!

“In our busy lives it’s easy to forget about what goes on outside of our immediate circles and so to hear about and be able to help support such worthy charities as this – it’s fantastic. We’re passionate about Karate but also about giving back to the communities that we live and train in.”

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