Whitburn schoolboy organises badminton fun to boost Kayaks group

Whitburn Church of England Academy pupil Hashim Zulfiqar aged 12 is doing a project on the Kayaks after choosing the group to raise money for as part of his school work. Kayaks  Kimberley Elliott and Malcolm  Osborne and head of year 7 Anthony Martin
Whitburn Church of England Academy pupil Hashim Zulfiqar aged 12 is doing a project on the Kayaks after choosing the group to raise money for as part of his school work. Kayaks Kimberley Elliott and Malcolm Osborne and head of year 7 Anthony Martin

A schoolboy is aiming to bat his way to fundraising victory for a South Tyneside charity.

Hashim Zulfiqar has organised a badminton tournament in aid of the borough’s Kayaks (Kids and Young Adults Klub Special needs) group.

We are only a small charity so it does mean an awful lot to us

Malcolm Osborne

The 12-year-old – a pupil at Whitburn C of E Academy – chose the group to raise funds for as part of a school project after being told about them by his mum. Sam.

The event will take place at Newcastle Badminton Club in Fenham, tomorrow.

During the event the pupil will be asking for donations from spectators
and selling cakes to raise funds.

Chairman of the charity Malcolm Osborne said: “We are just so grateful he has chosen us. We are only a small charity, so it does mean an awful lot to us.”

Hashim said: “I chose the Kayaks as I was told about them by my mam and when I researched them found they do wonderful things for young people and adults, and are a local charity.”

“I love badminton which is why I decided on a badminton tournament.

The Kayaks is a voluntary-run support group provided by a team of volunteers, which offers activties for children and young people with special needs as well as offering support to their families.

Kayak member Ben Sutton, 12, has also helped to boost funds by taking part in the Great North Dog Walk.

The group meets on Saturdays at Mortimer Community Centre in Reading Road, South Shields, from 1pm to 4pm. For details, visit www.thekayaks.co.uk/