|Posted by nscabc on July 19, 2009 at 5:09 PM|
Two of Bristol?s oldest amateur boxing clubs combined again this weekend (July 18th) to raise funds for the local hospice.
Members of Empire and NSC ABC?S turned out in force to support popular ex-Empire amateur and current rookie pro Daniel Roberts who was spearheading the day in memory of a family friend who had recently died of cancer.
The day was organised by Empire Secretary Martin Bisp and took place in Broadmead, Bristol's main shopping centre.
To provide a focal point a ring was erected to attract the passing shoppers. The clubs put on some exhibition sparring and coaxed a number of passing youngsters to have a go on the pads and skipping + some of the brave ones tried to knock Daniel out during some light hearted sparring! Throughout the day hundreds of youngsters participated.
Promoter Chris Sanigar and current British Super Fly Weight Champion Lee Haskins turned up unexpectedly to lend their support. Haskins even brought his Lonsdale belt so youngsters could have their picture taken which resulted in queues 10 deep. Lee then brought the centre to a standstill with an impromptu session on the pads in front of the growing crowd.
After 3 hours the clubs had managed to raise in excess of ?880 and are currently trying to get a local company to make the money up to a ?1000.
Bisp said that the day was a great success with Roberts and the clubs raising a significant amount of money for the only local hospice which also cares for it's patients without charge. He added that he would like to thank Marks & Spencers and Starbucks who provided free refreshments throughout the day and to Boots who developed the photos.
To make a donation visit the St Peter's Hospice website: www.stpetershospice.org.uk