YOUNGSTERS in Verwood put their martial arts skills to the test to raise cash for Help for Heroes.

Black Belt Academy, which is based in the town, holds classes for children aged four and up.

Simon Bushby, who runs the academy, organised the ‘1,000 techniques’ event at Verwood Hub, which attracted 30 little Karate Kids.

He said: “I do adventure racing and one of the races, the Tough Mudder, was in aid of Help for Heroes. I thought it was a worthwhile cause to do something for. I got in touch with the local branch and it went from there.

“They have been given sponsorship forms and have been trying to get as much money as possible for the charity.”

At the end of March the academy will hold its graduation and presentation day, where money raised will handed to the charity.

Neal Williams, from the Verwood branch of Help for Heroes, said the charity was trying to do as much as it could in the area. “It transpired into what we’re doing tonight and it’s going to grow from here,” he added.

The Black Belt Academy runs free trials for anyone wanting to get involved. Contact Simon on 01202 528660.