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Destination Judo Charity Challenge - click here for full article

on Fri, 23/02/2018 - 08:46

The latest in our series of Charity Challenges sees 3 Destination Judo coaches and 2 judo dads challenge themselves by trekking and camping out for a week in the Arctic circle.

In the past 3-4 years Destination Judo children, families and coaches have raised well in excess of £40,000 for charity. This new challenge is hot on the heels of climbing Kilimanjaro and cycling through the rainforests of Peru – it’s just MUCH MUCH COLDER!!

Marc Preston, Colin & Callum Woods, Steven Turnbull and Jason McAvoy will be skiing cross-country, pulling sleds with all their provisions and sleeping in snowhouses for a week in Northern Finland in temperatures of up to (or is it down to) 30 degrees below.

They’re doing this to raise money for 2 charities very close to our hearts - Finlay’s Friends and the Nicola Murray Foundation. There’s a bit more about both charities below.

You can support our intrepid team directly by visiting our donation page on 

Alternatively, you can sponsor our children in our ‘500 miles’ throw.

The children will also be challenging themselves by seeing how many judo throws they can do in 2 minutes to the tune of ‘500 Miles’ by the Proclaimers.

They’ll be doing the challenge during normal classes from 12-17th March.

Friends and family can sponsor per throw – or by making a one-off donation – which they can mark on the childrens’ sponsorship forms.

Be sure that we’ll pass every penny we raise onto the charities.

Thanks very much for your support





Who are Finlay’s Friends?

Finlay’s Friends is a charitable organisation (Charity number SC046675) set up in memory of Finlay Bennett, of Destination Judo’s Dunfermline class and Touch Primary School, who died suddenly from Meningitis on the 30th July 2014 at the Yorkhill Children’s Hospital, Glasgow. Finlay was only 8 years old but in his short life he had always put the needs of others before himself. To honour his kindness and to support other families who experience similar situations to Finlay’s family, Finlay’s Friends aims to provide support when it is most needed.

What will we do?

Finlay’s Friends provides Comfort Kits to families of seriously ill children admitted to hospital in an emergency. These kits include essentials to tide over families for the first 24-48 hours and include toiletries bags, blanket, warm socks, notebook and pencil, a keepsake Finlay Bear, bag, snacks and more. As well as additional support including useful information for the hospital stay, emotional support contacts, resources for the hospital family rooms and phone chargers. Initially working in partnership with the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow who cared for Finlay, we hope to be supporting a second hospital by September, when it would have been Finlay’s 13th birthday. The long term plan is for Finlay’s Friends to support all Scottish Children’s Hospitals.



Nicola Murray, who was a member of one of our judo families, was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer in January 2010, at the age of 34. The illness progressed very quickly and she died less than 4 months later. A huge shock to all of those who knew her.

We now know Ovarian cancer is the 4th most common cause of death from cancer amongst woman in the UK. And, around 1 in 10 women who develop ovarian cancer are known to have been born with a faulty gene that runs in their family.

Nicola’s family set up the Nicola Murray Foundation in her memory – a registered charity that funds research into ovarian cancer and HNPCC. (HNPCC is a syndrome that greatly increases the risk of a person to bowel, womb or ovarian cancer at a young age) Research into the effects of this syndrome on ovarian cancer has been very limited so far.

All funds raised go directly to Edinburgh University to fund doctors and researchers at the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre with the aim of improving the outcome for Ovarian cancer sufferers and those who carry HNPCC.