Photo 1: Senpai Thomas Skardon, 14, performs a tile chop watched by, from left to right, Sensei Trevor Kingston, Senpai Connor Wyatt and Sensei Ian White at Drapers Mills Primary Academy
Photo 2, L-R: Churchill Primary School pupil Emma Gardiner, 10, and Trevor
Karate kids from east Kent held a sponsored tile chop to raise more than £2,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.
More than 70 students took part from classes held at Drapers Mills Primary Academy in Margate, Whitfield Aspen School in Dover, Spires Academy in Sturry, Sandgate Primary School in Folkestone and Churchill Primary School in Hawkinge.
They smashed their way through more than 200 tiles and slates in the fundraising event which was held during lessons at each of the venues.
Sensei Trevor Kingston 4th Dan said: “We chose the air ambulance because it’s a charity that is there to benefit everybody.
“None of us know when one of our family may need it and it’s hard to imagine the consequences of it not being able to operate through a lack of funding.”
It costs about £6.5million a year for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance to stay airborne with no National Lottery funding.
Each air ambulance callout costs about £2,500 so the grand total of £2,650 raised is enough to fund one potentially lifesaving mission.
Community Fundraising Officer Veronica Wiseman said: “It’s heartwarming to see young people being so community-minded and we’re extremely grateful to all the students for raising funds in such a novel way.”
Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance is one of the official Charity Partners for the 2106 Brighton Marathon and 10k. Anyone interested in running on behalf of the charity is urged to call 01622 833833.