FAREHAM Boxing Club is a step closer to realising a long-standing dream after a local business organised a fundraising walk.
Promising young boxers and coaches stomped 10 kilometres – just over six miles – from H&T Pawnbrokers in West Street to help raise funds for the club, which meets at Neville Lovett Community School in Saint Anne’s Grove, Fareham.
The walk was organised by the pawnbrokers and was dubbed ‘The Big One’ following other fundraising events for the club earlier in the year.
Around 30 people holding coin buckets took part in the walk, which included a half-way refreshment stop at the Wicor Mill pub in White Hart Lane.
Sean Small, head coach at the club, says it is his dream to open its own premises but needs to find £12,000.
He said: ‘This event helps buy equipment for the kids to train harder.
‘The pawnbrokers have held two open days for us and raised a lot of money – it goes a long way. This is the first help we’ve ever had, and hopefully it may lead to us getting our own premises.’
Mr Small added that he would welcome local businesses coming in to support the club.
He said: ‘We want to go anywhere in Fareham.
‘We want our own premises because we want to train our kids five nights a week, not just two.
‘We have been in the town for 43 years and it would be nice if we could have our own place.’
David White, a coach at the boxing club, said: ‘Sean and [boxing club treasurer] Shelly Whiffin have helped raise £6,000 over the last few years and we train the boys for free.
‘Everyone in town has their own gym and we put the town on the map in the sporting world.
‘Fair play to the organisers of this walk to raise some money for the kids.
‘It means a lot as they have done a few things for us over the year.’
Jacqui Price, manager of H&T Pawnbrokers, said: ‘As a company we had to pick a charity to support and we found Fareham Boxing Club was an obvious choice.
‘It’s a proper community club and the kids love going there.
‘They learn to focus and improve their discipline. They are running the club at a school and desperately want to find themselves a proper location.
‘It’s a club close to our hearts.
‘The guys who turn up to the club are really passionate about it.’