Spiderman helping to bring in super hero funds for charity

Published: 14th June 2019

The greatest superhero of them all will be on hand to help raise superhero sums for young hospital patients.

Action web-slinging hero Spiderman will be in Didcot on the morning of Sunday, June 24 to garner funds for the Oxford Children’s Hospital through supporting the fundraising aims of Play2Give, set up by the town’s very own fundraising hero, Andrew Baker.

The famous movie hero has organised a martial arts sparathon in collaboration with the award-winning Didcot-based organisation created by Andrew in 2007. The energetic event is set to take place at the Willowbrook Leisure Centre.

Carl Davis, estate agent by day for James Gesner estate agents in the town and taekwondo instructor in his spare time is also helping Andrew to reach a £100,000 fundraising milestone by the end of this year.

Carl has teamed up with Andy to generate up to £7,500 from the sparathon event and will see a range of disciplines represented with competitors from children to adults alike taking on taekwondo, karate and kickboxing throughout the four-hour long event. The children’s competition will focus on 50 rounds of sparring (1.5 minutes) for 7-12 years and 100 rounds of 1.5 minutes for those aged 13 upwards.

The former St Birinus School duo both have a mission in common to raise funds for the hospital, as both have experienced care and treatment from the children’s hospital in their younger years. It was brain surgery aged 12 that spurred Andrew’s fundraising for the hospital aged 14 in 2003.