19th Oct, 2017

Amateur boxers deliver knockout fundraising punch

Chris Willmott 4th Oct, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

AMATEUR boxers took to the ring and delivered a knockout fundraising punch in a bid to raise £5,000 for Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice in Coventry.

Over 500 guests attended the event at the Alan Higgs Sport Centre on September 19 to watch the novice boxing contestants take punches for the charity.

A raffle also helped raise money which will provide 200 hours of care at the hospice, which offers palliative, respite and end of life care for babies and infants.

“I have been involved and had a keen interest in amateur boxing since I was sixteen,” said Binley, decorator, Trevor Hirons, was the inspiration behind the event.

“So, I organised an amateur boxing night two years ago and whilst it was hard work it was great to raise money for a good cause.

“But, after hearing about Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice and the wonderful work they do I decide I would do another and try and make it even bigger and better.

“After visiting and seeing first-hand the work of the hospice that really motivated the boxers and everyone was so supportive.

“We held training sessions twice weekly to get everyone is shape but they also got sponsored and sold tickets to the event to their friends and family. They were awesome.

“Although I was disappointed not to win my own bout I can reflect upon the success of the night overall” added 46 year old Trevor.”

Jane McGaffney added: “It was an amazing night seeing young men and ladies giving so much effort, cheered on by families and friends to help raise much needed funds for the hospice.

“We extend our sincere thanks to everyone involved but particularly Trevor because we know how much time he dedicated to making the event so fantastic.”

People wishing to support the event with a donation can donate by visiting www.justgiving.com/Fight-On

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