A KARATE group held a fancy dress Halloween event to support Alzheimer’s Society UK.

Ultimate Karate based at Powick Parish Hall holds regular classes on a Tuesday evening from 6:30pm.

The group organised an event on October 27 which raised £130.

Neil Bennett (6th Dan), chief instructor from the group, said: “I wanted to give my students some sense of normality, create some fun and excitement with games and training for Halloween in a safe supervised environment in these very different times.

"Thanks to my team, parents and students who helped to raise money for a charity which is extremely close to my heart especially after very recently losing my mother to the illness."

Ultimate Karate is a family run martial arts organisation and has been established since January 1997.

Mr Bennett said: "Due to the impact of coronavirus we unfortunately had to temporarily close for a few months along with other sporting activities.

"Prior to reopening Ultimate Karate arranged for their team of Black Belt Instructors to complete a nationally recognised Covid-19 compliance course which they all have successfully passed and are individually certified accordingly and this has ensured our students have not only returned but also increased in number.

“Our aim is to keep everyone safe while enjoying martial arts, being sensible and having a covid safe training venue such as Powick Parish Hall is essential, we carefully adapted all of our training practices to include social distancing and make it possible for us to deliver our classes as an organised sport complying with government guidelines.”

There was a children’s and adults fancy dress competition.

The best costumes were six-year-old Shona Gorton and Belinda Robinson.