Boxing show set to pack a punch for children

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CHARITIES helping ill youngsters will be the winners when a fundraising boxing show is held for the fifth year running tomorrow night, with organisers hoping to bring the total raised over the years to almost £30,000.

Management consultant and boxing enthusiast John McCormack, of Hunters Bar, has organised the sell-out event at the Platinum Suite, Bramall Lane, helped by Hillsborough gym Sheffield Boxing Centre run by ex pro Glyn Rhodes.

More than £23,000 raised by first four annual shows has been split between Neurocare, supporting the brain surgery department at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and Ella’s fund, a charity set up by the parents of Charnock youngster Ella Frith, who has battled a brain tumour.

Each organisation has received £11,800, Ella’s family donating their share to projects helping other children suffering cancer at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, the Teenage Cancer Unit at Weston Park Hospital and hospices.

Now this year, John has also agreed to donate some of the money to another fund set up by the family of nine-year-old Ben O’Brien, from Ecclesfield, who was diagnosed with cancer in January.

His family are collecting money to improve facilities on ward M3 at the Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

John McCormack said: “I am hoping this year’s event will be as successful as those over the last few years.”

Dawn Sowden, mum of Ben O’Brien, said: “I think what John is doing is brilliant.”

Glyn Rhodes said: “It’s unbelievable how successful John’s shows have been. As an organiser of boxing shows, I know they take months to arrange. John has worked very hard to make sure they have been a success.”