Karate training in black belt’s memory

Pete Calver, right, with John Hinton PNL-140529-110842001
Pete Calver, right, with John Hinton PNL-140529-110842001

A karate teacher is running a special fundraising training session on Sunday in memory of one of his black belts who sadly passed away this year.

Pete Calver, pictured on the right, who runs Ceska.co.uk, has been teaching classes in Buckingham for 26 years.

He is putting on the training session for current and former students from 10am to noon in the Merryn Allen Sports Hall at Tile House Mansion, Akeley Wood Senior School, to raise money for St David’s Hospice Care, in Gwent.

Buckingham resident John Hinton, pictured on the left,who moved to Newport a few years ago, was cared for at the hospice before his death from prostate cancer in January.

Mr Calver said: “John was diagnosed with prostate cancer in September 2010 and battled this until January of this year.

“They did a brilliant job looking after him towards the end of his life.

“It was John’s wish, and his wife Noreen’s, to raise funds for St David’s Hospice Care in a ‘thank you’ for the caring service they gave John and his family.”

Mr Calver runs a weekly Thursday night class at Akeley Village Hall and has run clubs in Brackley and Towcester for over 20 years.

He added: “John Hinton was one of my best friends and a black belt of mine. I knew him for 20 years. He was a kind and caring man and a true ambassador of karate.

“Many students in Buckingham, Brackley and Towcester would have known John. He also ran a karate club in Winslow for about three years, so it would be lovely for former students to come along.

“Dr Grundy, the headmaster of Akeley Wood School, has been very kind in allowing us to use the facility at the school sports hall free of charge so that all donations we receive can be paid to St David’s Hospice Care.”

Mr Hinton’s widow, Noreen, will be attending the event, as will the first two of Mr Calver’s students to achieve black belts, Bob Fricker and John Duncan.

Anyone unable to attend can donate direct at www.stdavidshospicecare.org