Javea kid takes on five-hour karate challenge – Raising funds for the Stroke Association

Phoebe Ackland

ON SATURDAY JULY 29, Javea’s Arenal will act as a dojo for young Phoebe Ackland as she takes on a five-hour karate challenge to raise funds for the Stroke Association.

11-year-old Phoebe – a student at the Santa Maria Magdalena school in Benitachell – has only been practising karate for just under two years but has already amassed 12 medals and a trophy.

Training twice weekly with Washinkai Karate, Phoebe competed in the 40th Anniversary National Championships in the UK in March and came home to Javea with two bronze medals.

Phoebe and her instructor Geovanny will perform various routines from 9.00am until 2.00pm with the potential of some help along the way from Phoebe’s karate classmates and younger sister, Amelia.

Phoebe hopes to raise €800 for the Stroke Association, a charity which holds a special place in her heart as grandmother, Diane has suffered at least four strokes in recent years.

The Stroke Association is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to conquering stroke. It relies on support from fundraising to provide vital services, campaign for better stroke care and to find better treatments.

There are over 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK with 100,000 strokes happening in the UK each year. That’s one stroke every five minutes.

Even though one is now twice as likely to survive a stroke compared to 20 years ago, stroke is still the fourth single largest cause of death in the UK.

The Stroke Association works to change how people think about stroke and challenge the myths surrounding it. It pushes for greater awareness of stroke and its warning signs and campaign for better stroke care.

Phoebe has already raised an incredible €580 towards her €800 target and received many well wishes from supporters:

‘Well done Phoebe, what a lovely thing to do for your nanny x’ said Julia Atkinson and ‘Both daddy and myself are very proud of you. Hope you get a lot more than you’re hoping for. Love you loads my karate kid xxxxx’ said mother, Sam.

Local businesses have also supported Phoebe and the Stroke Association, Marina Alta Developments SL and ROC Construction Orba SL both sponsoring her €100 and wishing her the best of luck for the day.

If you’re in Javea next Saturday (29th July), head down to the Arenal where Phoebe and Geovanny will be blocking, kicking and striking opposite the Parador de Javea.

To sponsor Phoebe, check out her JustGiving page here – www.justgiving.com/fundraising/phoebe-ackland.

Good luck, Phoebe!

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