Broadclyst black belt martial arts mum’s ‘wear pink’ challenge for three cancer charities

A martial arts expert mum from Broadclyst is wearing pink during October to raise funds for three cancer charities.

Taekwondo black belt Beth Taylor, aged 53, of Broadclyst Station, was diagnosed with breast cancer in March after she attended a regular screening appointment.

The taekwondo instructor, who runs clubs in Sidmouth and Ottery St Mary with her husband, Andy, is urging friends, family and students to wear pink for October, as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Beth and Andy – known as Mr and Mrs T to their pupils – hope to raise £1,000 from their colourful campaign with an online auction, selling everything from puzzle books to pizzas.

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The Taylors at the Sidmouth taekwondo group.

They have set up a Facebook page with auction items to bid for, and an online donation page.

The money will be split between local cancer support charity FORCE, Breast Cancer Now and The Institute of Cancer Research.

Beth said her treatment for breast cancer involved surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

She said: “It’s been a struggle but I’m okay. In a way lockdown helped because it meant my appointments were pushed through very quickly. But it was difficult being in the hospital on my own at times.”

Beth added: “We know that charities have suffered a lot financially since lockdown so we wanted to do something to help.”

Since August, Beth has been receiving exercise advice from FORCE’s specialist oncology physiotherapist through video calls.

She has already donated around £600 to FORCE Cancer Charity from a fundraiser to celebrate her birthday during lockdown, and an online quiz night.

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Beth on her birthday – she donated £600 to FORCE from a fundraiser.

The Taylor family – Andy, Joanna and Beth.

The couple and their daughter, Joanna, took up the Korean martial art in 2003 as a form of fitness exercise for the whole family.

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