Karate kids raise cash for Children’s

The Excel Martial Arts Acdemy has raised over thirteen thousand pounds for charity, with Sheffield Children's Hospital receiving ten thousand pounds and Chelsea Sheldon, aged five, who has cystic fibrosois, getting the remainder for her Disneyland Fund. Our picture shows chief instructor and owner Liam Richards (front, second left) dance tutor Sharnie Richards (front, fourth left) and Gabriella Thompson (front, left) aged nine, handing over the cheques to Chelsea Sheldon (front, third left) and Children's Hospital Charity fundraiser Rebecca Staden. Chelsea's Disneyland Fund received three thousand, three hundred and thirty seven pounds.
The Excel Martial Arts Acdemy has raised over thirteen thousand pounds for charity, with Sheffield Children's Hospital receiving ten thousand pounds and Chelsea Sheldon, aged five, who has cystic fibrosois, getting the remainder for her Disneyland Fund. Our picture shows chief instructor and owner Liam Richards (front, second left) dance tutor Sharnie Richards (front, fourth left) and Gabriella Thompson (front, left) aged nine, handing over the cheques to Chelsea Sheldon (front, third left) and Children's Hospital Charity fundraiser Rebecca Staden. Chelsea's Disneyland Fund received three thousand, three hundred and thirty seven pounds.
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YOUNGSTERS from a Sheffield martial arts school got their kicks out of fundraising in aid of one of their members.

Little Chelsea Sheldon, aged five, who is a pupil at Excel Martial Arts Academy based on the Holbrook Industrial estate, has cystic fibrosis and her family have been raising money so they can take her to Disneyland.

Students at the school raised a whopping £13,000 for charity with a series of fundraising events.

A total of £10,000 went to Sheffield Children’s Hospital, where Chelsea is being treated. The remainder has gone into Chelsea’s Disneyland fund.

The Academy was set up by former performance martial artist Liam Richards - half of the duo Strike, who appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2008.

It offers classes in kickboxing, mixed martial arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, self-defence, strike performance, street dance, break dance and cheerleading.

Cheques were handed to Chelsea and to Rebecca Staden from Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Liam said: “Chelsea is in our mini Strike class and when we heard she had cystic fibrosis we wanted to do something to help. We set a target of £5,000 but totally smashed it within a couple of months. We did bag packing at supermarkets and held a sponsored kickathon. The amount we have raised is amazing.”

Visit www.excel-in-life for class information.