Charity Champions Night: A Knockout Success!
Kent Coast Charity Boxing’s white collar “Charity Champions” event has raised almost five thousand pounds for the Caldecott Foundation.
Participants from all walks of life, with little or no boxing experience, had been given the chance to train for free in exchange for sponsorship for the charity.
After ten weeks’ hard training over the summer, contenders took to the ring on Sunday to compete against each other in a tournament at Folkestone’s Leas Cliff Hall.
Totalling donations pledged online and cash counted on the night, the fundraising has now reached almost £4850, with more still to be counted from collection boxes at the venue.
Wayne Morley, who runs the Fightin’ Fit Academy in Dover, was behind the initiative:
“Boxing in my eyes is the perfect sport to get involved with: self-discipline; confidence-building; co-ordination; team-building – when you become a member of a club, you feel very accepted and part of a close team. We deal with lots of kids that have turned their lives around since starting boxing and we highly recommend it.
“We held a few charity bouts on our UKBC shows and had positive feedback from the public, so we decided to put on a full event dedicated to charity.”
Stepping into the ring on Sunday were tyre fitters; plumbers; civil service workers; labourers; electricians; engineers; prison officers; full time parents and more. Wayne, pictured above with his cousin Charli, spoke on behalf of all KCCB staff to express how proud they were of everyone who took part:
“Congratulations to everyone who went through the ten weeks’ hard training camp and competed on Sunday. The guys literally put everything they had into their bouts, which made every bout exciting to watch.
“Thank you for making the first KCCB show one to remember for time to come.”
And a huge thank you for choosing the Caldecott Foundation as your charity to support – we are extremely grateful, and overwhelmed by the amount you have raised!