A GROUP of local Tae Kwon Do clubs have joined forces to fight for Birmingham Children’s Hospital after one of their Yardley students had battled with Leukaemia.
Tae Kwon Do Clubs from Solihull, Shirley, Knowle, Yardley, Chelmsley Wood, Kings Heath & Hall Green all competed together and raised a record breaking £5,500 for the hospital after 11-year-old Ethan Taylor fought Leukaemia.
The event has been held annually and organised for the past 11 years by local Instructors Steve Merricks and Alan Slater and has raised over £45,000 for local and national charities.
“Ethan is a very brave young man and inspiration to us all,” said Steve. “Having spoken to his family we decided to support Birmingham Children’s Hospital who treated him for all the help and support both Ethan and his family received.
“The response we get each year is fantastic from all clubs coming together and we always try and beat the final total each year. This year was the best ever.”
Alan added: “The format of the competition brings together students from other local clubs making up teams with each other.
“Each team competes in a league with the top two teams making the final. It’s a great way of introducing students into competition and building confidence within themselves. We would personally like to thank everyone that came along, sponsored and supported us once again, in raising such a fantastic amount for the charity.”