Appliance is key

CHIN-UP: Bailey Baker can pack a punch after a helping hand from Michael Day from Stacey's Domestics.
CHIN-UP: Bailey Baker can pack a punch after a helping hand from Michael Day from Stacey's Domestics.

KARATE champ Bailey Baker has been given a helping hand as he bids for world glory after receiving a £150 donation from an appliance repair firm.

Bailey, 15, will head to the world junior karate championships in Spain in November after being selected to represent England.

But he had to find his own funding for the trip and for the extensive training programme he has to undergo to reach the tournament.

Stacey’s Domestics heard about Bailey’s plight and agreed to offer £150 in support.

The firm repairs domestic appliances and operates across the East Durham area. Bosses know only too well the difficulty Bailey faces as owner Michael Day used to compete for England at karate himself.

He said: “It’s not just about getting to Spain, it’s all the trips up and down the country for training, equipment, accommodation – it’s never ending.

“If I can help Bailey achieve his dream then I will offer what I can to help, and hopefully others will do the same.”

Bailey will head to Spain full of confidence after a string of stunning medal wins, including gold medal at the British International open in Glasgow.

He then picked up double gold, in his own 14-15yrs, U-70kg weight class and the open weight category at the UK International in Birmingham two weeks ago.

Bailey, who trains at East Durham Ishinryu karate club at East Durham college, in Peterlee, added: “I can’t thank Michael and Stacey’s Domestics enough.

“I just want to get out there now and hopefully I can make everyone proud.”

Coach Gavin Foster said: “It’s a great gesture from Michael and Stacey’s Domestics.”

Anyone who can help with sponsor ship can contact coach Gavin Foster on 07708098691.

If you need a repair, contact Stacey’s Domestics on 07919 891437 or email: staceyandmichaelday@btinternet.com