4 February 2013
Lindsay Kay accepts a cheque from Summer Purvis, Beth Moon and Ron Angus of the Dukan Karate Club
The Dukan Karate Club from Sunderland held a competition at the Castleview Centre in December 2012 and raised £250 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Kevan Mitchinson held the event in memory of his dad, Richard, who died from cancer in July 2012.
Kevan said, 'My Dad was a bit of a character and a popular guy. He liked to go for a social drink but also liked to keep fit and would cycle 30 to 40 miles two or three times a week and did massive 10 mile walks, sometimes daily regardless of the weather. It was on a bike ride that he got a pain between his shoulder blades. He was diagnosed with kidney, lung and liver cancer. It was a total shock. Dad was very proud of his granddaughter Eleisha, especially when Tyne Tees TV did a feature on her after she and my club won gold medals in the English National Championships. He showed all the nurses and visitors the TV footage and mentioned how nice and considerate the Macmillan nurses were to him.'
Kevan decided to organise the karate event in memory of his dad and received tremendous support from the local community. A lady called Angela Tuplin from Boldon Colliery was also a terrific help in preparing the poster showing the logo’s of all the business’ who sponsored the event. Over 120 children entered the event and Kevan wants to thank all the friends who gave up their time to make sure the competition was such a success.