Sheffield boxing gym reveals heartwarming food gesture to help 'struggling’ community

Despite having to remain shut to public throughout lockdown, a Sheffield boxing gym went out of their way to help the community by feeding the less fortunate.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 8:14 am

Sheffield Kings Boxing Club on Retford Road, Woodhouse has been leaving non-perishable foods outside their premises since last week to prevent people from going hungry.

The gym owner Chris Medley said: "There are a lot of people in Woodhouse who are struggling at the minute.

"So we went out and got some cheap food, and asked people who have got not much money to get whatever they need while getting the community together."

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Woodhouse Boxing Gym helping out the community by giving out free food.
Woodhouse Boxing Gym helping out the community by giving out free food.

Chris said although they had to use their own savings to embark on such initiative, the feedback has been rewarding.

"At the beginning, people were a bit shy so what we have done was we wrote a little note that says 'Free food for all - don't be hungry' so people started coming."

He said since they started, they have to replenish the foods every two days.

The foods, he said, range from biscuits, baked beans, tinned soups and long lasting milk.

The owner of the gym, Chris Medley

"We have no donations like other food banks or anything like that. But it'd be good to get donations to help the community," he said.

Their move has also received positive feedback from the community.

A Woodhouse resident said: “This is so amazing. It really is. Care in the community right here. Well done.

Another said: “Brilliant. Nice touch, guys. I love to see people helping the needy.”

Woodhouse Boxing Club - Sheffield Kings

Another agreed: “That is a lovely thought to help the community.”

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