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Martial arts marathon raises £1,000 for Children in Need

A MELKSHAM martial arts club has raised £1,000 for Children in Need by completing a five-hour non-stop training session recently.

19 members from Elite Martial Arts in Melksham and Westbury, ranging in age from six to people in their 70s, put their skills to the test in a day of non-stop drills and sparring to raise money for Children in Need.

Their sponsorship money has all been collected and amounts to £1,000, smashing last year’s total of £556.

Elite Martial Arts owner and trainer, Mike Cruse said, “The day went really well and everybody really enjoyed themselves. Time flew by, we started at 12pm and before we knew it, it was dark outside!

“We are so pleased with the £1,000 raised, Children in Need is a fantastic event that helps so many charities, so it’s a good feeling to know that we have done our bit and contributed to the grand total.

“We had good support on the day. One mother brought us cake to keep our sugar and energy levels up. I want to say a huge thank you to Forest and Sandridge School for allowing us to use their hall free of charge.

“The next day many of the team felt very stiff and found it hard to walk – I think they used muscles they had never used before! But it was all worth it. We are already looking forward to doing it all again next year!”

To find out more about Elite Martial Arts go to www.elite-martial arts.co.uk or find Elite Martial Arts on Facebook.

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