Norwich fundraisers give cancer the elbow

Dozens of people helped give cancer the elbow as a martial arts centre threw open its doors to the public for charity.

The Rapid Defence Martial Arts Centre is hoping to have raised at least �1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support at today's 'Kung Fu to Cancer' event.

During the day, people have had a go at martial arts under the guidance of master instructor Sifu Talib Fehlhaber.

Mr Fehlhaber decided to hold the event after meeting Macmillan Cancer Support's Norfolk ambassador Andrew Hadley.

Fifty-eight-year-old Mr Hadley is set to walk the 90 miles of Hadrian's Wall in aid of the charity next month and is hoping to raise �10,000.

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He has so far raised just under �9,000.

Mr Fehlhaber, founder of the Ber Street centre, said: 'It's a great opportunity to give something back. One of my aunts died of cancer.

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'It's a great opportunity to work with Macmillan and help them - it's a very worthy cause.'

Macmillan Cancer Support is this year celebrating its centenary. As part of its 100 year celebrations, the charity is urging 100 companies to sign up to its Norfolk Business Challenge and pledge to raise �1,000.

Helen Chapman, area fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support in Norfolk and Suffolk, said: 'It's fantastic that the Rapid Defence Martial Arts Centre is helping to give the elbow to cancer.

'It's also great to get children involved in a new activity and keep them fit, something which we are promoting at the moment.'

To donate to Macmillan Cancer Support, sign up to the Norfolk Business Challenge or register your coffee morning for the charity's World Biggest Coffee Morning event on September 30, go to

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