Clayton Amateur Boxing club, one of the Mayor’s chosen charities, got a big boost on Saturday when a fundraising Charity Boxing Event, held in Accrington’s magnificent ball room, proved a huge hit with boxers and guests alike, raising over £4000 for this popular club.
The amateur boxing club for youngsters is on its way to hitting a £20,000 fundraising target, after the English versus Irish Charity Boxing event, featuring boxers who had travelled all the way from Tipperary, attracted lots of guests who gave generously to spur the club further onto its fundraising target.
Mayor, Cllr Tim O’Kane said; “It was a fantastic evening, we enjoyed a great meal and music from Accrington Pipe band drummers, who were one of the highlights of the night and of course saw some quality boxing displays from lots of talented amateur boxers. Generous guests dug deep to help the club raise over £4000 towards their total of £20,000 towards buying equipment and refurbishing a new property which they have applied to secure in the area.”
John Brindle, head coach of Clayton Amateur Boxing Club, has more than 70 young people signed up to his classes each week. John said; “We’re working hard towards our fundraising goal and it’s great that the Mayor has made it one of his official charities. The Charity Boxing event was a brilliant night and everyone had a great time. I want to say a big thanks to the boxers from here and over the water who took part. It takes a lot of training to get ready for an event like this and they certainly put on a great show. Thanks also to our coaches Martin Morley and Laura Lowe for their continued support. Also thanks to everyone who came along and helped raise so much money towards our fundraising target, we really appreciate it.”
Council Leader, Councillor Miles Parkinson, who helped organise the event, said: “Well done to everyone involved for putting on such a successful night, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. A massive thanks to the sponsors, including main event sponsors Whatmore UK and sign sponsors Warrantywise, who also donated £500 to get the justgiving page off to a good start.
Cllr Parkinson added; “Also a big thank you goes to everyone from Scott Dawson Advertising, for their hard work on the night, putting together the programme and promoting the event and the club. Also thanks to fellow Councillor Eammon Higgins of the Accrington Pals café who funded the Irish teams accommodation expenses. We wish the club every success, they have great aspirations to provide a community resource within Clayton Le Moors, well done to all involved, especially John for his dedication.”
If you would like to make a donation, visit the club’s fundraising page at: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ClaytonBoxing