Lexi, aged four from Broughton, kicked Halloween celebrations into touch and instead of trick or treating raised funds for Hope House Children’s Hospices instead.
Little martial arts star Lexi Byrne took part in a kickathon and clocked up 1,000 karate kicks in 45 minutes raising a fantastic £528 to help seriously ill children cared for by Hope House.
Lexi is a member of Saltney’s Family Martial Arts Centre and was joined by other members from the centre in her fundraising efforts. Together they raised more than £1,000 which will help us continue to support children and families who need us.
Lexi loves going to the Family Martial Arts Centre and was really happy to raise funds for Hope House.
She said: “I really like it and wanted to get some money to help poorly children. My dad and mum have helped me and I like learning skills with my trainer.
“I didn’t mind missing Halloween it was more fun doing the kicks for the children who need help. It was hard though!”
Lexi’s proud mum, Lucy Byrne, says her daughter loves going to the Family Martial Arts Centre.
She said: “Lexi started in February and really enjoys it. She’s already passed from being a white belt, a yellow belt and is now a green and black belt. She has always been interested in martial arts and has so much energy.
“The centre is very relaxed and she enjoys working with her dad. It’s not just about martial arts though, her Little Leader group also have a talk during every session. She is taught respect, manners, healthy eating and lots of other life skills. It’s wonderful.”
Lucy added: “Completing 1,000 martial art kicks is tiring but she was determined to do it and raise what she could for Hope House.”
Lexi’s dad, Jamie said: “It’s a very relaxed club and she has made a lot of friends. We are delighted she has raised more than £400 which is fantastic’.
“Hope House is a wonderful charity and we are so pleased to be able to help raise some money that we know will be put to good use.”
Martial Arts Instructor, Ailene Whitehead says Lexi is the youngest member who tackled the kickathon.
She said: “One of our members has a cousin who is currently been helped by Hope House and he suggested we try and raise some money through this year’s kickathon.
“Lexi is a little star. She’s learning mixed martial arts, a bit of jujitsu, Thai boxing and kick boxing plus life skill lessons. We talk about things such as nutrition, staying safe, listening, perseverance, honesty and being respectful to parents."
Hope House Area Fundraiser Hannah Robinson said: “It’s fantastic that all the members joined in the kickathon to raise money for Hope House Children’s Hospices.
“Lexi is amazing and clearly works very hard at her martial art skills. We are so grateful to her and all the members for raising funds for us.
“It’s vital we continue to raise funds to support local children and families when they need us most. No one should suffer the death of a child alone.
“Sadly, three local children die each week, and currently Hope House can only afford to help one of these families. We are committed to changing this.”
Thank you so much to Lexi and everyone at the Saltney Family Martial Centre for their wonderful support.