Sheffield karate kids’ victory thanks to funding lift

Mercury Taxis General Manager Dermot Griffiths with Faith Carr and Mitchell Duncan
Mercury Taxis General Manager Dermot Griffiths with Faith Carr and Mitchell Duncan
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Two Sheffield karate kids have had a lift from Mercury taxis - to the World Championships in Italy.

Mitchell Duncan and Faith Carr had both won places to represent England at the competition but were struggling to fund the trip.

When Mercury’s general manager Dermot Griffiths heard about the youngsters’ efforts to raise the cash they needed, he knew the company needed to step in and help.

Dermot said: “I heard about them through one of our drivers, Steve Holmes, who has been a driver for 30 years.

“Mitchell’s mum is a friend of his and he mentioned Mitchell had qualified for the World Championships but the funding they had been promised had been pulled at the last minute.

“They were putting together fundraisers, raffles and all sorts and we were really impressed with them and the work they were doing.”

Mitchell, aged 16, from Manor, and Faith, aged nine, of Woodhouse, went on to represent their country and karate school, Sheffield Dragons, at the WTKA Unified Martial Arts World Championships.

They scooped four bronze medals and a silver between them and team England returned with an impressive 200 medals.

Mercury’s donation was the final award of the year to be made from the firm’s Community Fund.

Dermot said: “We have been trading in Sheffield for over 25 years.

“We have made a good living out of the people of Sheffield for quite a long time so we wanted to give something back.”

Now 25 per cent of the marketing team’s time is spent getting involved with charities like St Luke’s Hospice and Support Dogs.