Martial arts academy’s DIY SOS call to trades community

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A Batley martial arts academy is calling for generous tradesmen to help transform its outdated facilities in a ‘DIY SOS’ project.

The studio at Dojo Academy in Victoria Mills is in a poor state of repair, with adults and children forced to contend with damp, cold draughts and a lack of running water during classes.

Now volunteers at the centre, which provides free instruction to youngsters from multi-faith backgrounds, is hoping builders, joiners, plumbers and electricians will give their time to revamp the academy. Donations of construction materials are also desperately needed.

Project manager Paula Godfree has listed essential improvements including work to the ceiling and changing rooms, the installation of showers, a new kitchen area for children’s birthday parties, an upgrade of the office and new flooring.

Skilled tradesmen, plus anyone willing to lend a hand with decorating and labouring, will have 48 hours to complete the challenge.

“This is the ideal opportunity for local companies and tradesmen/women to come together and show the spirit of good Yorkshire people. It’s a fact that we know how to pull together when we are faced with a challenge. Dojo needs you!” said Paula.

Donations Paula is hoping to collect from local businesses include paint, DIY supplies, timber, kitchen and bathroom fittings, flooring, IT equipment, office furniture and sofas.

“Once we have everything secured, we will get college students and the community involved too. We want to make everyone feel welcome and part of the Dojo family.”

Anyone interested in helping out should contact Paula on 0771 9605360.