AN 11-year-old boy who has his sights set on becoming a world champion in his sport desperately needs money.
Jacob Stewart, already a brown belt in the martial art escrima, has a place in the Great Britain team in the World Escrima Championships in the Philippines in June.
But the trip for him and his father, Robert, will cost more than £3,000.
The pair have raised £1,000 so far, but time is running out.
And if he fails to go this year his next opportunity will not be until he is almost 20.
Jacob's parents encouraged him to learn karate - and later escrima - as he suffers from dyspraxia, which affects his co-ordination and speech.
They thought it would help him and now, as time has shown, it could even become his career.
The sport involves fighting using a 28in-long rattan stick while wearing body armour, a helmet and gloves.
Jacob already has a second dan black belt in karate and has more than 30 medals.
But now he is focused on the Philippines.
"We are desperately seeking sponsorship," said Robert. "Jacob has the skill, determination and ability to succeed at this tournament.
"But he lacks the financial ability to enable him to represent his country."
Jacob is a pupil at Royds Hall High School, Paddock, and staff and pupils are helping raise money to enable him to achieve his ambition.
A giant chocolate Easter bunny is being raffled and on April 1 there will be a poetry, music and dance concert, with the proceeds going to Jacob. Next day there will be a non-uniform day, with half the proceeds going to Jacob.
Teacher Mrs Sarah Anderson said: " I have seen the sport and it is unbelievable. It is vital for him to go to the Philippines. He is very lucky in that at the age of 11 he knows what he wants to do as a career."
Anyone who can help should ring Mrs Anderson on 01484 463366.