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Fighters dig deep to aid Forces charity

GENEROUS GIFT ... Checkmat Academy students donate their last class fees before Christmas to military charity Help For Heroes.

GENEROUS GIFT ... Checkmat Academy students donate their last class fees before Christmas to military charity Help For Heroes.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters have grappled their way to festive fundraising success in aid of wounded soldiers.

Students at Checkmat Academy, in Frederick Street, South Shields, have raised about £400 for Help For Heroes.

The cash was raised by fighters donating class fees from their last session before Christmas to the charity, which supports injured service personnel.

A raffle was also held with prizes including Jiu Jitsu suits and free training sessions up for grabs.

Checkmat head coach Scott Ramsay said: “Donating the last class fees before Christmas to charity is something we do every festive season.

“We never have a charity in mind when we do it – it’s decided by the students in the run-up to the session.

“The students have been really generous, and I can’t thank them enough, as they really get behind community events.

“We even had students who couldn’t make it to the session finding the time to drop off a donation.

“One student brought in an empty bottle filled with loose change he had been saving up all year to give to the cause.

“The students at the club, at all levels and ages, are absolutely amazing, and their generosity really knows no bounds.” Help For Heroes is a military charity which provides support for wounded soldiers and their families, as well as funds rehabilitation centres.

For information on the charity, visit www.helpforheroes.org.uk

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