Karate club raises £2,000 for Help for Heroes at special memorial event for former instructor
PUBLISHED: 13:30 15 May 2019 | UPDATED: 13:30 15 May 2019
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A martial arts school working across Romford, Ilford and Dagenham has raised nearly £2,000 for Help for Heroes, a charity supporting wounded servicemen and women.
About 30 gathered on Saturday, May 11 for the fundraiser put on by the Shuren Ryu Ju-Jitsu Kenpo Jutso Karate club - which runs sessions at St Edward's Primary School in Romford and Robert Clack secondary school in Rush Green, and chief instructor Keith Moughton.
The 65-year-old from Ilford said this event, which honoured the legacy of his late instructor Martin Rogers, has been in the works since last September.
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Those who knew Mr Rogers were invited to the six-hour workshop at the Robert Clack School Leisure Centre to train and learn.
"We decided to all get together and just train," Keith said.
The £1,800 was generated through sponsorships, donations and a raffle. Money was donated to Help for Heroes to honour Mr Rogers' service in the armed forces.
"It was our way of coming together and saying, 'Thank you, Martin,'" he said.