Show of Strength For Safe and Sound
A group of first-time boxers are limbering up to put their new-found skills to the test in the ring to support a local charity.
Seven out of the 12 local people who have signed up to train with Fearon's Gym & Boxing Academy and then compete in matches at The Spot on March 8 will be raising money for Safe and Sound and have so far secured nearly £1,000 in pledges.
Among them, and one of the oldest participants, is Marc Stevens (40), who is Operations Manager at Safe and Sound in Derby.
He said: “We have all been training for several months with Clive Fearon and are now looking forward to the night.
“I signed up to do this to get rid of some Christmas weight but also to play my part in supporting the vital work that we as Safe and Sound do to support children and young people in our local communities.
“Everyone has been actively raising money and I’m sure we will collect a great deal more on the night and after we have all proved our mettle!”
Safe and Sound is a highly-regarded local charity which specialises in tackling child sexual exploitation and abuse through individual support for children and young people and community awareness programmes across Derbyshire.
Safe and Sound chair Catherine Arkley concluded: "We are a small local charity and rely heavily on public funding.
“We are obviously delighted that so many of these brave individuals have chosen to raise vital funds to support our work across Derbyshire and we hope that Marc and his friends all emerge unscathed from the ring.”
To support Safe and Sound through this event, please visit the Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/fightbeforechristmas and find out more about Safe and Sound’s work in local communities at www.safeandsoundgroup.org.uk