Sheffield fundraising night packs a punch

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BOXING enthusiasts packed a punch to help an armed forces appeal when they raised £1,400 by holding a charity fight night in Sheffield.

The event, at Sheffield United’s football stadium, Bramall Lane, was organised by Sheffield Hallam University student James Platton.

It had more than a dozen bouts between keen amateurs and fight fans who train at Sheffield Boxing Centre in Hillsborough.

James, who took part in a fight on the night, said: “I started to organise the event when I was set a project by my business management lecturers to design and run a successful event for charity.

“I decided on a charity boxing night because I remembered how much I had enjoyed previous ones I had been to.

“I was set on donating to Help for Heroes because of the fantastic work it is doing for its cause.

“There were a lot of challenges to overcome from the first week of organising right up to on the night, but I was happy to see the event come together and run well.

“Seeing the result of everyone’s hard work and finding out that we had raised more than a thousand pounds for an excellent cause was definitely a big highlight of the whole process, along with getting to box on the night itself.”

Among the other fight fans taking part was John McCormack a management consultant from Hunters Bar, who has held an annual charity boxing show for the last five years, raising £30,000 for children’s medical charities.

John said: “He did a great job and is very modest about the money he raised – about £1,400 – through his own endeavours.”