Community spirit lives on as boxing club makes donation to Mia

Surrounded by Junior members of the club is Mia Grant (6) with her parents Louise Grant  and Wayne Grant ''''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142600-8375)
Surrounded by Junior members of the club is Mia Grant (6) with her parents Louise Grant and Wayne Grant ''''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142600-8375)
Alex Wardle, from Lee-on-the-Solent, collapsed at home and tragically died in March 2016, aged 23. 

From left: Alex's father, Stephen Wardle, sister Gemma Wardle, Alex Wardle and his mother, Denise Wardle.

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THE family of a six-year-old who has a serious heart condition dream of taking her away to Disney World in Florida.

So imagine their delight when Titchfield Boxing Club presented Mia Grant and her family with a cheque for £500.

As reported in The News, Mia has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which causes the wall of the heart to thicken, making it harder for the heart to pump blood around the body.

Her sister Dannielle also had the condition and sadly died from it. It’s feared Mia could also develop arrhythmia. It was the combination of the two conditions that killed Dannielle.

Ken Charman is chairman of the boxing club.

He said: ‘As a boxing club, we have funds to spare and it is part of our policy and part of our ethos that we should look after, where we possibly can, in the smallest possible way, some of the children who are less fortunate than those who come to the gymnasium.

‘Mia and her family are looking for some help so we are making a very small contribution which hopefully will give them some relief from the difficulties that they encounter.

‘We make all of our funds from boxing activities. It gives us the chance to help certain charities.’

Mum Louise Grant, 38, from Fareham, said: ‘It means a lot. It can go a long way to helping us.

‘The support has been overwhelming. Everybody has seen it in the paper and wanted to help.’

Louise, who has five other children, added it would be a treat for the family to go away.

‘We don’t really have holidays so trying to go somewhere and making sure we have got all Mia’s medication means we have to plan around that,’ she said.

‘It would mean a lot to go away and forget about everything for a while.

‘She would absolutely love it.’

Mia, who goes to St Columba Academy in Tewkesbury Avenue, Fareham, has a twin brother Troy. He and her other siblings Carl, 18, Tyler, 15, Natasha, seven, and Charlie, four, do not have the condition.

The British Heart Foundation said that hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is an inherited disease, but there is no direct link to arrhythmia, the condition which led to Dannielle’s death and it can be treated.