Boxing club at the heart of a fine cause

By Liam Moakes Thursday 10 January 2013 Updated: 10/01 15:31

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Buy photos » St Mary's headteacher Owen Finnegan and Cllr Derek Taylor, vice-chairman of RCABC, are joined by club members and pupils to mark the fund-raising success. (s)

MEMBERS of Redditch Community Amateur Boxing Club visited a Studley school to mark a vital fund-raising success.

Some of the proceeds from the recent and highly successful Redditch Box Cup have been used to fund the installation of a defibrillator at St Mary's Catholic Primary School.

Cllr Derek Taylor, vice-chairman of the newly-formed RCABC, was joined by St Mary's headteacher Owen Finnegan and youngsters from both the school and the boxing club to celebrate the fund-raising success on behalf of cardiac charity SADS UK (Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome).

The two-night event at the Abbey Stadium, which attracted some of the best ABA boxers from across Great Britain, was a huge success and really helped to raise the profile of the town's new boxing club - the first amateur club in Redditch since the successful Redditch ABC ran by Sammy Ferris more than 25 years ago.

The club were honoured to have Sammy attend the event, supporting the club and SADS UK.

SADS UK founder Anne Jolly said: "SADS UK are grateful to Redditch Community Amateur Boxing Club for supporting our 'Big Shock Campaign' which aims to make defibrillators available in all schools.

"This life-saving equipment needs to be readily available if a pupil, teacher or anyone on the premises suffers a cardiac arrest.

"The earlier a defibrillator is used the better the chance is of survival. Already many lives have been saved by lay-people using the defibrillator in such an emergency.

"Ambulance services endorse defibrillators being widely available as they know when they arrive at the scene there will be a better outcome and they can carry out more advanced therapy."

RCABC coaches and event organisers Todd Reeves and Sarah Lee were delighted to help raise money for such a fantastic cause and added: "Hopefully the defibrillator will never be needed but it's good to know that it's there just in case.

"We would like to say a huge thank you to so many people who were involved in the event. Many members of the club got involved and worked voluntarily to help the show run smoothly.

"Thank you to all of the local businesses that sponsored a bout on the night. We would also like to thank the staff at the Abbey Stadium who were so helpful throughout the two evenings and also a big thank you to our team photographer Richard Clarke for taking pictures of both nights.

"The club is very new and we are excitied about the future. We want to use boxing as a vehicle for social change, reaching out to all members of the community to get involved.

"We are close to finding a full-time gymnasium in Redditch and will be able to offer classes for every member of the community!

"The next edition of the Box Cup will be in June when we stage the Redditch Schools Box Cup for schoolboy and girl ABA boxers from around Great Britain."

If you would like to learn how to box then come along to the club's classes. Training is currently every Monday and Thursday at Studley Football Club, Abbeyfields Drive. Juniors train between 5.40-6.30pm and seniors train between 6.30-7.45pm. Call 07541 133844 for more details.

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