Boxers pack a punch for Help for Heroes
KINDHEARTED sports fans got a real kick out of helping out a good cause.
Twenty five fundraisers hit the gym at Horwich Kickboxing Club in Emmot Street, Horwich, for a ‘sponsored spar’.
The martial arts lovers each completed 10 two-minute spa session — simulated fights against others to improve fitness and technique.
The event raised £2,700, which was presented to Help for Heroes in a ceremony, with gym member Lance Corporal John Bannister collecting the cheque on behalf of the charity.
Steve Reilly, who owns the club and is a kickboxing coach, said: “The downstairs of the club used to be a Royal British Legion club and so the building has ties with Armed Forces.
“Everyone here was also very moved by the tragic death of Lee Rigby and we wanted to do something to help the charity.
“The kickboxers did absolutely brilliantly and the youngest one was aged five.
“One of them, seven-year-old Ruby Cutton, whose grandfather is a serving soldier, raised £220 in sponsorship.
“We’ve got a really strong community here and have been open for 20 years.
“It would be great if we could do this again in future alongside other gyms.”
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