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Boxing tournament in memory of Nadine Blake

Michael Parker who was a close friend of Nadine Blake who died recently gets ready with friends and colleagues at Leigh Park Boxing Club for a charity boxing tournament which is to be held in her memory.
Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141126-3) PPP-140415-205416003

Michael Parker who was a close friend of Nadine Blake who died recently gets ready with friends and colleagues at Leigh Park Boxing Club for a charity boxing tournament which is to be held in her memory. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141126-3) PPP-140415-205416003

THROUGHOUT the area Nadine Blake was known as a shining light who inspired people with her brave fight against cystic fibrosis.

And following her death aged just 18 last year she has continued to inspire people to raise money for the ward that treated her.

Family friend Michael Parker, 31, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro raising more than £12,000.

And now he has put on a huge boxing tournament called Unleash the Beast, with dozens of other amateurs.

The 17 fights for four titles will raise money for the Adult CF Ward at Southampton General Hospital.

The event, on Friday almost did not go ahead because it was supposed to take place at The Pyramids, in Southsea.

But that was badly damaged in the February storms and Michael had to quickly find a new venue.

Now it will take place at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth, in front of more than 1,000 people.

‘We’ve had a few hiccups along the way but we’re really, really pleased to be at the Mountbatten Centre,’ said Mr Parker, a dad-of-one from Southfield Road, Leigh Park.

‘Ticket sales have been brilliant and it looks like it will be a sell-out which is unbelievable considering it’s a white-collar event and not a professional show.

‘We have 17 fights on the night including me stepping in the ring for the first time.

‘The gym all the home fighters come from is Team Besseys in Leigh park but on the night we are all going to be wearing Nadine pink and changing our name to Team Nadine.

‘The show is the talk of the town and it’s so good having Nadine’s picture popping up everywhere and all the events that have gone on just prove what an inspirational young lady she was.’

The 18-year-old, from Warren Park, put a bucket list together in her last months and she accomplished her dreams – including meeting pop star Peter Andre who has become a family friend.

She spent her life battling cystic fibrosis and at the end was in and out of hospital with complications from the disease.

She died in March last year, and since then family and friends have held many fundraising events.

So far more than £30,000 has been raised in her memory for the Adult CF Ward at Southampton General Hospital.

The event starts at 6pm with the first bell at 6.45pm.

Both men and women, of all ages, will be fighting.

Tickets cost £25 each. To buy them call the Mountbatten Centre on (023) 9262 6500.

To donate, visit justgiving.com/cysticfibrosisadultward.

 

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