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Judo club throws its weight into fundraising

YOUNG FUNDRAISERS ... members of South Shields Judo Club.

YOUNG FUNDRAISERS ... members of South Shields Judo Club.

JUDO club members have thrown their support behind victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

South Shields Judo Club raised more than £140 for those affected by the disaster after members donated club fees to the cause.

Parents, players and volunteers alike all dug deep to help those in need on the other side of the world.

Club coach Beth Wood said: “We were initially going to raise money for Children in Need, but when news broke about the typhoon we decided to raise funds for the appeal.

“We raised £140.11 for the people affected in the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan. The chairman, Tommy Foster, had the idea we would donate all our club fees for the evening and we kindly asked parents, participants and volunteers to make a small donation if possible.

“Some of our members paid a non-member fee on the evening to help raise cash for the disaster. We were amazed at the generosity of all our members and their families.”

The fund-raiser was held at the judo 
club’s base at Temple Park Centre, South Shields.

The club, formed in 2010, also had a boost with two of its coaches winning accolades for their efforts in the British Judo Awards, at St George’s Park, Burton, the impressive new home of English football.

Both Beth and her sister Jill West received awards during the ceremony.

Jill won gold in the Event Volunteer of the Year award, with Beth claiming bronze in the Volunteer of the Year category.

Miss Wood said: “It was an amazing evening. It was an honour to be nominated and I would like to thank the people who took the time to nominate myself.

“I was also proud of my sister Jill who won the Event Volunteer category after more than 30 years volunteering. It was great for her to be recognised.”

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