Judo youngsters raise money for road safety in Witcham

Witcham Judo Club after receiving their medals.

Witcham Judo Club after receiving their medals. - Credit: Archant

Road safety is being kicked into touch thanks to young members of Witchford Judo Club.

Witcham Judo Club after receiving their medals.

Witcham Judo Club after receiving their medals. - Credit: Archant

The youngsters rallied together to hold a sponsored event to raise funds for ‘Patsy’s Road Safety Campaign’ helping make the village of Witcham safer by providing road traffic signs and new speed restrictions in and out of the village.

The campaign was set up by the Witcham Equestrian Centre following an accident which made national headlines last year when two horses were hit by a car.

One of the horses, Patsy, was throw into the air like a loop the loop.

Miraculously both the horses hit by a car travelling on the wrong side of the road, and their riders, were not seriously injured.

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A spokesman for the judo club said: “Members held a sponsored ‘judo break fall’ and a sponsored ‘judo throw’ - and they all collected sponsorship from friends and family for the event raising a massive £417 for the campaign.

“All the members were awarded with a medal for their part of the fund raising and in the second class the boys trophy for the most judo throws in 60 seconds went to Matthew Hill with a massive 21 throws.

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“Both Daisy Simpson and Abigail Hill were awarded with the girls trophy for completing 20 throws in 60 seconds.

“All the members worked really hard to raise as much as they could and they are all really pleased to have made a contribution to the fund raising.”

At the time of the horse crash in March 2017, Cambridgeshire Police showed their support for the road safety campaign, saying “The campaign has been successful in changing the speed limits in Witcham, and has included the broader introduction of a reduction in the limit to 40mph on the way into, and out of the village itself.”

Jane Badcock of Witcham, whose horse eventually made a good recovery following the incident, is hoping that as well as making safety improvements locally, drivers nationally will be encouraged to slow down.

The driver was offered a Driver Alertness Course by police “in lieu of prosecution” which he took.

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