One brave gym owner took on 12 rounds in the boxing ring in a bid to raise thousands for four charities, including CLIC Sargent.
The charity boxing match, Fight for the Cause 2, saw entrepreneur and gym owner, Matt Brennan, take on 12 rounds of boxing against amateur boxers in support of CLIC Sargent, Mason’s Magic, Combat Stress and Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
No stranger to fundraising, in 2014 Matt encouraged members of Grange Fitness and Performance Centre to row more than 3,000 miles to reach the North Pole before Christmas, raising more than £1,000 for CLIC Sargent.
Fighting-fit Matt has also previously organised charity blue-collar boxing events at which boxing novices underwent intense training to enter the ring for their chosen charities.
This time it was Matt at the centre of the ring.
He said: “I feel a little battered, but very proud. Physically, it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.”
As to why he put himself in the line of fire, Matt said: “Firstly to raise awareness of four fantastic charities and on a personal front, I wanted to set myself a challenge which I knew would test me physically and mentally.”
Upon completing the 12 rounds, Matt was joined in the ring by seven-year-old twins Jamie and Zakk whose family have been supported by CLIC Sargent throughout Jamie’s treatment for Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
Matt added: “I feel privileged to have worked with so many great people who have helped to make the event a success and raise over £6,000 which will make a real difference to these causes.”
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Daisy Turner said: “We are so grateful to Matt for stepping up to this tough challenge and raising vital awareness of CLIC Sargent’s work with children and young people with cancer, such as Jamie and his family.”