Leeds groups get a kick out of £100,000 cash giveaway

Karate for Inner City Kids (KICK).
Karate for Inner City Kids (KICK).
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A MARTIAL arts club in Leeds has been given a big cash boost – and other groups can now apply for a piece of a £100,000 cashpot.

Karate for Inner City Kids (KICK) received the much-needed grant as part of the YEP-backed Community Cash giveaway.

The YEP has teamed up with Comic Relief and Leeds Community Foundation to bring Red Nose Day Community Cash to local people in need.

Community Cash grants of between £500 and £1,000 are available to small organisations across the city that are doing great work to help local people living tough lives.

KICK is one of 140 projects that benefitted from Community Cash last year.

KICK was set up by Dave Brook, a policeman from Chapeltown, and aims to help vulnerable children avoid a life of crime.

As well as learning martial arts moves, the group discusses gang culture, weapons, drug awareness, first aid and bullying.

The Community Cash grant has helped the group to buy an electronic scoreboard with remote controls for judges that can be used in training and competitions.

Mr Brook said: “Being able to buy the scoreboard has proved very beneficial and it has helped us to do more competition-based training which has resulted in success at the World Karate and Kickboxing British and European Championships.”

Nicola Furbisher, the YEP’s managing editor, said: “It’s great to team up with Comic Relief and Leeds Community Foundation to support worthy groups and organisations who so greatly need funding.

“We’re urging groups across the region to get in touch to make sure that this money helps the communities who need it the most in Leeds and beyond.”

The cash giveaway comes as people all over the UK are being urged to do their bit once again this year by making their faces funny for money this Red Nose Day, which will take place on Friday, March 13.

Last year Yorkshire residents raised and donated more than £1.6million for Red Nose Day, which is used to help vulnerable people all over the world.

For more about Red Nose Day or for a fundraising pack, visit the website at www.rednoseday.com.