'Huge support' for Brendan Ingle memorial in Sheffield

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Sheffield boxing legend Brendan Ingle will get a memorial statue, say campaigners, despite donations so far falling well short of what is needed.

The much-loved boxing trainer's daughter Bridget teamed up with ex-sports minister Richard Caborn and former world cruiserweight champion Johnny Nelson, whom Mr Ingle coached to glory, to raise £100,000 for a monument honouring his legacy.

A month later, less than £1,400 has been donated via the crowdfunding page they set up, but Mr Caborn insists many other offers have been made and the trio are confident they will easily pass their target.

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He told how donations would now be made through the Brendan Ingle Foundation, which has been set up to continue Mr Ingle's good work by tackling social exclusion through sport, mentoring and education.

The money would fund a statue as well as bringing other benefits to the community, he revealed, with the details still being finalised before an announcement is made in the coming days.

Mr Caborn said donors included big-money backers from the world of boxing as well as a 'groundswell' of ordinary people who had been touched by Mr Ingle's commitment to helping others through the sport he loved.

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He explained that securing charitable status meant those donations could be gift aided, helping the money go even further.

"Both nationally and internationally there's been huge support for what we're putting together in Brendan's memory, and we're confident we will raise enough to deliver a fitting memorial," he said.

"What we're proposing will be more than a sculpture, and it will be in keeping with the memory and character of a special man."

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Details of the statue are not yet known but it is understood it could be installed at Meadowhall, not far from the gym in Wincobank where Mr Ingle worked his magic.

Some people had suggested Mr Ingle would prefer any money raised in his memory to go towards helping young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, rather than funding a statue.

Mr Ingle, who also coached the likes of 'Prince' Naseem Hamed and Herol 'Bomber' Graham, and who was made an MBE for services to boxing, died in May, aged 77.

* You can donate at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/brendaninglememorialstatue.