A SCHOOLBOY is hoping to knockout the competition if he can raise enough money to fly to Canada.
Aiden Hughes, 11, has been selected to represent England at the World Kickboxing Council’s World kickboxing championship in Canada later in October, but has to raise £2,000 just to be able to afford the flights and accommodation.
He will then need to buy his official national kit and have cash for meals for him and dad Kenny, who will be chaperoning him on the trip.
Mum Wendy Hughes, of Macauley Crescent, Armthorpe, said: “It will cost us £2,000 just to sent him and his dad to the competition, then there is everything else like insurance and passports to pay for on top of that.
“Me and my husband both work, but we would never have been able to afford this on our own.
“It is really good then when people are skint they still want to help out.”
The Shaw Wood Primary School pupil started kickboxing when he was just four years old and has been trained up by Danny Ball who made it to Britain’s Got Talent finalist as part of Martial Arts troop Strike.
Over the years he has been crowned Yorkshire Champion and came third in a national competition recently, which meant he qualified for the England team for the under 30 kilogramme category.
Civic Mayor Eva Hughes has handed over £500 to help Aiden’s cause, Armthorpe Parish Council have raised £110 by holding a raffle at their St George’s Day celebration and Aiden’s school has helped out by holding a non-uniform day.
The Armthorpe Children’s Centre are also helping out by holding a series of fundraising events. If anyone would like to help Aiden’s cause, call Wendy on 07507 626744.