Charity Dream-A-Way ‘absolutely amazed’ by £1,350 from Exmouth Karate Academy competition

An Exmouth Karate Academy competition raised £1,350 for charity Dream-A-Way – leaving the cause ‘absolutely amazed’.  

The Exmouth Cup, held for the second time this year, drew support from clubs from across Devon, Somerset, Wales and Portsmouth.

It was organised by Exmouth Karate Academy chief instructor Kevin Berry and Lympstone Dojo chief instructor Marianne Fox.

The Exmouth Cup is aimed at introducing karate students to competition and providing a warm friendly atmosphere where they can experience and learn.

The event was generously supported by sponsors Kitsons Solicitors, MK Plumbing & Heating and Lympstone Dojo, who collectively provided sponsorship towards the costs of the medals.

In addition, Jean from Top to Toe massage, Colin at Dymani strength, Bill Roper from Ashcombe Cider and Lympstone Dojo provided raffle prizes.

Entry fees, money raised from the raffle, generous donations and an auction raised a combined £1,350.69 for Dream-A-Way.

Exmouth Karate Academy members present a cheque to Dream-A-Way

Exmouth Karate Academy members present a cheque to Dream-A-Way. Picture: Exmouth Karate Academy

The auction was for private lessons with 6th Dan Sensei Trevor Jarrett, of Cullompton and Exeter University clubs, and 5th Dan Sensei John Penman, of Exeter and Clyst Hydon clubs.

A few days after the Exmouth Cup was held, Jeff Merrett MBE, chairman of Dream-A-Way, along with vice-chairman Gill Freeman, visited Exmouth Karate Academy at the Cranford Sports Centre to meet members and receive a cheque.

Dream-A-Way is an Exeter-based charity helping to make dreams come true for Devon children and adults with disabilities or life-affecting health conditions.

It is run entirely by unpaid volunteers and provides its beneficiaries much-needed breaks and days out.

Jeff said: “Dream-A-Way were very proud when chosen by the clubs as their charity and absolutely amazed by the massive amount raised.

“Marianne, Kevin and all the team worked extremely hard to organise their event.

“Huge thanks to the organisers, sponsors and club members for supporting this event.

“The money raised will be used to benefit local people with disabilities and help us to make the impossible possible and we thank them all.”

There are numerous karate clubs in the area for anyone who would like to get involved; from Exmouth, Lympstone, Budleigh Salterton, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, Cullompton, Tiverton, Barnstaple, Wellington, Dartmouth, Milverton, Taunton, Ivybridge and further afield.

Exmouth Karate Academy run lessons on Wednesday nights from 6.30pm and Fridays from 7pm.

Contact Kevin on 07894 069573, email exmouthkarate.com, or see the Exmouth Karate Academy Facebook page for more details.

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