Meet Jacob, the little boy we are helping to raise money for. Last year, Lee Ashman completed 100 consecutive rounds as part of a charity fund raiser and this year he will be working twice as hard as he aims to complete a world record 150 rounds to raise money to help support Jacob’s cerebral palsy care.
“I first met Jacob at Freestyle Martial Arts in Witney, when my wife and I were completing an instructor training course. Jacob’s mum Lucy (also pictured) and his twin brother Jordan were in the beginners class and while they were training, Jacob would be sat at the side in his wheelchair. A few times my wife went over with some hand pads and let him try some punches and his face would light up. Every time we saw Jacob he would be smiling. It’s clear that Jacob is a very happy boy, but he’s also incredibly brave; he would seemingly give anything a try and will not let his illness get in the way or get him down.
When his family said they were trying to raise some money to help fund his physiotherapy and on-going care, how could I not do something to help? That’s when I decided to try this mammoth challenge. Back in November 2015, I did a 100 round Spar-a-thon. [He raised over £1,000 for Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (Oxford) and Children’s Chronic Arthritis Association (CCAA) as a thank you for the care and support they provided for his son – read about that event, here]. This time I thought I’d go one step further and aim for 150 x 3 minute rounds of sparring. I am hoping to make it a big event in the town and also make it official with help from the BKC (British Kickboxing Council).”
The challenge will be taking place on 27th May 2017 in Witney, Oxfordshire (venue tbc).
We will be looking for kickboxers willing to donate some cash and also come down on the day to go a few rounds with Lee. He will of course have the support of all Freestyle Martial Arts Academies and their students, and we hope he will have the support of all of you as well!
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