Sheffield boxers pull out all the punches to raise almost £40,000 for charity

Boxers from Sheffield Boxing Centre present a cheque to the Childrens Hospital after their fundraising event
Boxers from Sheffield Boxing Centre present a cheque to the Childrens Hospital after their fundraising event

Boxing enthusiasts have pulled out all the punches to raise £3,000 for charity.

Members of the Sheffield Boxing Centre on Burton Street, Hillsborough, held their eighth annual charity boxing show, which has raised almost £40,000 since it launched.

The latest show raised £3,000 which has been split between The Children’s Hospital Charity and appeals set up by the families of two Sheffield youngsters who have been treated there for cancer - Ella Frith, from Charnock and Ben O’Brien, of Ecclesfield.

Ella is battling a brain tumour and Ben, who has suffered from an aggressive type of bone cancer is adjusting to life after part of his leg was amputated.

Ella and Ben called in at the gym to collect the latest cheques from this year’s boxing show.

Boxing coach John McCormack, aged 58, who trains at the centre run by Glyn Rhodes MBE, said: “Someone said to me they regard our event as the start of Christmas.

“We have a great set of people who come and support the shows.

“Many of the people who take part have never boxed before and spend six weeks training with us before getting their six minutes of glory in the ring.”