Karate aces’ Everest test
November 14, 2012
Karate club members climbed, kicked and punched to raise thousands of pounds for a children’s charity.
Silwood Park Karate juniors and seniors endured days of gruelling physical challenges to raise more than £3,000 for Sebastian’s Action Trust.
They scaled the height of Mount Everest in a stair climb, performed karate moves against the clock, forced parents to take part in a training session and taught children with special needs.
The club, which meets at Wordsworth Road in Bracknell, was rewarded for their support for Sebastian’s Action Trust with lunch and a tour of Bluebells, the charity’s respite care home in Hampshire.
Jane and Michael Gates, from Binfield, set up the charity in memory of their son, who died of a rare form of childhood cancer in 2003.
Daniel Rose, club founder, said: “The adult members kicked off the event with the gruelling Everest stair climb which was kindly hosted by Ascot Racecourse. Two teams of seven people scaled the six-storey flight of stairs over 80 times each to collectively climb the height of Everest.
“The event took over four hours of non-stop climbing up and back down again. Many of our adults said it was one of the toughest charity challenges.”
A week later parents were led through a tough training session by Chief Instructor Sensei Glen Wright 6th Dan.
Then 15 children with special needs ranging from hearing impairments and ADHD to Autism and Down’s Syndrome were supported by junior black belts to perform 1,000 blocks, kicks and punches – a total of 5,000 moves.
Juniors then embarked on a challenge to perform 100 take- downs in an hour.
Jo King, from Sebastian’s Action Trust, said: “We are absolutely thrilled and grateful for all they have done for us.”
To find out about Silwood Park call 01344 440328 or visit www.silwoodparkkarate.co.uk