9th Dec, 2016

Boxers set to deliver killer blow in aid of Zoe's Place baby hospice

Steve Carpenter 26th Aug, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A TEAM of over 40 local boxers will be hoping to deliver the knockout punch at special Brave Hearts White Collar Boxing event to raise valuable funds for Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice.

Those who have signed up for the boxing extravaganza on September 16 are hoping to raise £10,000 which will go towards the on-going running costs of the hospice which is currently facing a massive shortfall in funding.

All boxers taking part will be receiving eight weeks free boxing training from the highly professional coaches at Coventry’s award-winning Red Corner Gym in Walsgrave.

All of the participants will be evenly matched based on weight and skill. They will compete in front of over 1,500 people on a glamorous event at the Sports Connexion in Ryton on Dunsmore.

“When I read about the massive shortfall in funding the hospice was facing in the newspaper I asked myself what i could do to help,” said event organiser Marc Dwyer.

“We already run several boxing shows so felt that we could support the charity by giving everyday people the chance to experience our sport.

“This event will be a once in a lifetime experience for everyone that takes part and they will be supporting a worthy cause which helps local people.”

Jane McGaffney, community fundraiser at Zoe’s Place, said said the £10,000 raised would make a huge difference to the hospice.

She added: “When Marc came and visited the hospice after he had read about our shortfall, you could see he was totally dedicated to raising as much funding for us as he could.

“When he told me about the event I thought what a brilliant idea it was.

“To learn a sport in a controlled environment really is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I wish all the contestants good luck and I look forward to meeting them all on the night.”