VIDEO: 22,000 kicks completed for charity

Karate students and their instructors completed a massive 22,000 kicks in three hours to raise money for charity.

The group from Matt Fiddes Martial Arts Schools Surrey and Sussex carried out the Kickathon event at St Symphorian’s Church hall, in New Road, Durrington, on Saturday and raised more than £1,000 for Cancer Research UK

Students and instructs from Matt Fiddes Martial Arts Schools Surrey and Sussex. Picture: Derek Martin DM16153275a

Students and instructs from Matt Fiddes Martial Arts Schools Surrey and Sussex. Picture: Derek Martin DM16153275a

Matt Leyh, one of the martial arts instructors, said: “The group of students aged three to 13 years old and the Instructor team did a massive 22,000 kicks in three hours and many of them had raised more than £100 each in sponsorships.

“The Matt Fiddes organisation encourages its students to help in the local community wherever possible and to help those in need, so this is testament to the positive lessons they all learn within the curriculum.”

Worthing mayor Sean McDonald closed the event by commending the children for their achievements.

He said he was overwhelmed with the effort they had all put in to such a great cause.

Just one of the 22,000 kicks made on the day DM16153309a

Just one of the 22,000 kicks made on the day DM16153309a

Many families went along to support the students and even helped by holding pads and counting kicks, too.

The martial arts school offers Might Matts for ages three to six, Juniors for ages seven to 11, adult kickboxing for ages 12 and over, and family classes.

Class locations include Lancing Manor Leisure Centre, in Manor Road, Lancing, on Tuesdays, St Matthew’s Church hall, in Tarring Road, Worthing, on Thursdays and Durrington High School on Fridays.

To get involved with this fun, family-orientated organisation and for more information, email office@mattfiddes-sussex.co.uk or visit surreyandsussexmartialarts.co.uk for more information.

More than �1,000 was raised for Cancer Research UK DM16153335a

More than �1,000 was raised for Cancer Research UK DM16153335a

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