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“karate kid” raises more than £1,000 to help neighbour with MS buy lift

Asher - Karate - Best.jpgEleven-year-old Asher Walton-Mitchell from Sheffield has raised more than £1,300 after writing to 400 neighbours and asking them for help. Asher's neighbour Phil Waterworth, a former teacher who has progressive MS is in need of an internal through-floor lift installed in his house.

Phil Warterworth, 43, was forced to give up teaching five years ago and now uses a wheelchair fulltime. Unfortunately for him, there are steps everywhere in the Sheffield house which he shares with his wife, daughter and dog.

Eager to help, Asher wrote a letter to all his neighbours asking them to support him with a fundraising effort. Asher is a keen karate fan and a member of his local martial arts club. In his letter, Asher asked neighbours to help by sponsoring him to do 50 karate moves called “katas” in under an hour on the 28th April. He smashed his original target of £250 within days of the letter reaching neighbours and it’s now been raised again after the second target of £450 was also achieved.

“The response has been amazing, I’m astonished said Asher. All from one letter”. As New Pathways went to press Asher had managed to raise an amazing £1,373 and says he wants to keep going. “I thought writing a letter was more personal and creative than social media or email,” he added.

MSer Phil Waterworth, says he’s been touched and humbled by such a selfless move from an 11-year-old boy. Zoe Walton, Asher’s mum, agrees: “I’m so incredibly proud of him. This was his idea and I think it is amazing what he is doing.  Neighbourliness at its best.”

If you would also like to support Asher then there is now a Just Giving page where you can donate, visit

Source: MS-UK 24/05/19

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