Boxing night raises £12k for Twins Appeal

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Prison officers, police and firefighters donned boxing gloves to take each other on in aid of disabled Lancaster twins Katie and Emma Sutcliffe.

And the event was a massive success, raising a fantastic £12,000 for the girls’ appeal.

Katie and Emma suffer from spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, and need wheelchairs to get around.

They are hoping specialist treatment in the USA will see them walk unaided for the first time.

Although the 16-year-olds have raised the £85,000 needed for their operation, they still need funds to pay for additional care and treatment recommended by their surgeon.

The Lancashire Services Fight Night at Blackburn’s Liquid & Envy Night Club proved to be not only an entertaining spectacle, but also a massive fundraiser for the Twins Appeal.

In total the Lee Brown Boxing Event raised £12,000, which included £2,000 from the Prison Service Charity Fund, courtesy of HMP Preston.

The fight night took many months to organise; the original idea to help the twins with such an event was conceived when family friends John and Deborah Bouskill attended one of Lee Brown Boxing Events last June.

The couple realised a similar show could be a major boost for the appeal, and so Deborah contacted Lee Brown who was more than happy to organise the event.

Deborah said: “Lee could not have been more enthusiastic and supportive; he worked tirelessly to make the night a success and to top it all ensured that all the proceeds went to the Twins Appeal.

“We were all amazed at his energy and efforts especially as he was also involved in organising other similar events around the country.”

John said: “Around 750 people attended the Fight Night and the atmosphere was electric, I cannot believe how many people have said to me what a fantastic night they had had.

“A big thank you goes out to each and every one of the fighters for their brave efforts; without them there would have been no event.

“For most of the fighters it was their first time in the ring.

“The 39 male and female boxers that took part were outstanding; it wasn’t just a case of turning up on the night, they have all taken time out of their lives to get fit, train and learn some boxing skills, and they also sold tickets and raised sponsorship.

“The courage they display in their day to day jobs stood them in good stead for the challenging night of combat.

“It was a great night for an even greater cause.”

Meanwhile, a group of cyclists from Lancaster-based Lune Racing Cycling Club conquered the Lakeland fells to raise £400 for the appeal.

On Sunday, 24 riders participated in the annual Edgar Ride, which is held in memory of the club’s long-serving late secretary, Edgar Philips.

Of the riders, 11 completed the full 130 miles, which involved riding from Dalton Square in Lancaster to Buttermere and back.

Ride organiser Ian Breslin said: “This ride was longer and harder than most of us typically ride but everyone did really well and had a fantastic day on their bikes. We are really happy as a club that we have been able to support the girls in their efforts to walk.”

The twins’ mum Caroline said: “I would like to thank Ian Breslin for organising this amazing event and all those riders took part in the event.

“I can’t imagine cycling 10 miles let alone 130! Respect and thanks to everyone for doing this for Katie and Emma.”