Business donations help local club to prepare for Japan trip

FIGHTING CHANCE: The Bridlington Martial Arts and Fitness Centre students who are travelling to Japan for the World Championship Toki Cup are pictured with Vanessa Rowbottom, marketing manager at Lloyd Dowson.
FIGHTING CHANCE: The Bridlington Martial Arts and Fitness Centre students who are travelling to Japan for the World Championship Toki Cup are pictured with Vanessa Rowbottom, marketing manager at Lloyd Dowson.

A team of martial arts students from Bridlington head to Japan next week, with the generous backing of local businesses and fund-raisers helping to get them there.

The group, from the Bridlington Martial Arts and Fitness Centre in Hilderthorpe Road, had to raise a five-figure sum to be able to represent Great Britain in the World Championship Toki Cup.

Among the companies which has provided sponsorship for the trip, is Lloyd Dowson Chartered Accountants, Tax and Business Advisors, which has a long history of backing local clubs in a variety of sports.

It bought tracksuits and T-shirts for the Bridlington team, who will be competing in full-contact karate.

Lloyd Dowson chairman David Dowson said: “It is fantastic that this group of individuals will be taking part in a competition whic enables them to represent our country, and these young people have this experience.”

The Bridlington club’s chief coach Stuart Hicken said: The people of Bridlington have been very generous and we would like them all to know how grateful the club is.

“I would just like to express thanks to a very special lady Sandra Stewart, who took it upon herself to approach numerous friends on our behalf and managed to raise over £4,000.

“The support we have received from the Free Press has been second to none.

“I am very proud of all my students. We hope to make the town of Bridlington, and indeed our country, very proud.”

Among the major sponsors for the trip are: Burlington lodge Masonic Group, The Blakemore Foundation, Wheelie Wash, AB Graphic International Ltd, Farmfoods, Bridlington Rotary Club, Bridlington Round Table, Bridlington Lions and the Lord Feoffees.