A kickboxing tournament for youngsters has raised £2,500 for Little Havens Hospices, which will help to provide care for babies, children and teenagers with life-limiting conditions.
In February Arjun Plaha, 13, and Dylan Rayatt, 10, both from Ilford, visited Little Havens Hospice in Thundersley to present donations raised from a kickboxing event they both participated in. Youngsters from Progressive Kickbox Singh Fighting Arts competed in an end of year tournament in December at Frenford Sports Club in Ilford. They competed against visitors from The Martial Way of Tottenham and Karma Martial Arts of Liverpool with a total of 19 children taking part in the event aged between seven and 15.
The event was organised by Bobby Singh who runs Progressive Kickbox Singh and was held in memory of a young boy who was cared for at Little Havens before he died in 2015. Children taking part were sponsored by family and friends and in total the event raised £2,500 for Little Havens Hospice which provides respite, controls pain and cares for children at the end of their lives.
Bobby Singh said,
“Having visited Little Havens myself I was amazed by what I discovered and inspired to organise our charity kickboxing tournament. I was so impressed by the attitude of all the young people who took part and their willingness to support such a worthy cause as Little Havens. I want to thank each of them and all their family members and friends who supported our event and helped raise such a fantastic amount of £2,500.
I especially want to thank Esmond Francis at Martial Way training for his support and also Mushin Kai and Karma Martial Arts from Liverpool who also came along to support the event. In addition I’d like to thank Asad Laptop Outlet which was our sponsor for the night. It was a pleasure to come back to Little Havens recently with two of our boys who took part so they could see for themselves what a special place it is and the difference our donations will make.
We plan to organise another event in December this year and make it even bigger and better.”
Peter Hall, Community Fundraiser for Little Havens, said,
“I was delighted to meet Bobby, Arjun, Dylan and Esmond when they visited Little Havens to hear all about their event which by all accounts was a brilliant success.
It’s lovely when local youngsters take part in fundraising events like this one in support of other people their own age who are being cared for by the hospice.
This care is completely free of charge and that’s only possible thanks to people in the local community who help us to raise £46,000 every week. I’d like to thank everybody who took part in and supported this event for helping to make this care happen.”
To find out more about Little Havens Hospice and how you can support the charity please contact the Fundraising Team on 01702 220305 or ‘like’ the charity’s fundraising Facebook page