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Hampshire police are taking on Hampshire's fire service in a charity boxing match!
16 policemen will be stepping into the boxing ring to take on 16 fire fighters on Saturday 10th march 2012 – raising their gloves to raise pounds for two special charities.
The emergency responders will take up the pugilistic challenge in aid of Help For Heroes and the CLIC Sergent charity which supports children with cancer and their families.
The teams have already sized up the opposition at a pre-event weigh-in back in February.
All those competing are complete boxing novices, and the undercard comprises of 16 individual contests, consisting of three one minute rounds, officiated over by a referee.
The event has been professionally organised by Lee Brown Events, which has arranged similar inter-force events all over the country raising more than £100,000 for Help For Heroes.
The venue for the contest is Oceana nightclub, Leisure World, Southampton, and tickets for the event area already sold out, with £5 proceeds from each ticket going to Help For Heroes.
There will be a big charity raffle and auction to raise money for CLIC Sergeant, as part of ongoing fundraising effort by officers across Hampshire Constabulary in support of baby Joseph Bowen, the one-year-old son of Sergeant Steve Bowenand PC Celine Bowen, who is currently being treated for a rare form of leukaemia.
The event has been made possible by tremendous support from local businesses including the Marlands Centre, which has paid for production of the event programme – which will be sold on the night to the 1,000 strong crowd, with every penny raised going to CLIC Sargent.
PC Andy Darbyshire, who is co-ordinating the event for Hampshire Constabulary, said:
“This is going to be a very special night, and a unique one – pitting fire fighters against coppers in friendly rivalry for a very good cause.
“Little Joseph Bowen is fighting an amazingly strong battle to beat leukaemia, and the very least we can do is take up the gloves to help him and other children defeat this terrible disease.
“We hope to raise lots of money on the night, and would love it if members of the public would like to support us by donating to this important cause.”
Donations can be made at: http://www.bmycharity.com/hantspolcharityboxing
Joseph Bowen’s blog, written by Celine and Steve, and supported by thousands of people and celebrities including Ricky Gervais, is viewable at: http://www.josephbowensjourney.blogspot.com/
You can follow Joseph’s Journey on Twitter: @josephs_journey