Knockout night raises £8,300 for brave Lou

Lou Hirst with the boxers, organisers and family members at the Havant leisure centre. .''Picture: Paul Jacobs  (131683-1)
Lou Hirst with the boxers, organisers and family members at the Havant leisure centre. .''Picture: Paul Jacobs (131683-1)

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SHE’S been a fighter throughout her long battle with cancer.

And courageous Lou Hirst was joined by 16 other fighters for a charity boxing night.

Family and friends of Lou, who is fighting terminal cancer, arranged the fundraiser at Havant Leisure Centre to put a smile on her face.

The 40-year-old mum-of-seven has always wanted a nice garden, but has never been able to afford it.

So her pals arranged the event to start a fund – little realising the huge response they would get.

More than 700 people turned out on Saturday night – raising a whopping £8,300 for Lou.

Lou, of Anderson Close, Havant, said: ‘It was just such an amazing night.

‘There were so many people there – everybody was there and they were all there to support me. I am overwhelmed.’

Lou, who has just finished her third round of chemotherapy to shrink five tumours, said she is now excited about the prospect of having a spruced-up garden.

She said: ‘‘Where I am terminal, I would like to sit in the garden with my family around me.

‘I can’t do that at the moment.

‘We have also been talking about taking the kids to a log cabin – just a long weekend to spend some time together.’

Lou’s brother Ben Harris won his bout against a fighter from Wales.

Well-known Pompey supporter John Westwood brought out one of the fighters. The 36-year-old, of Monterey Drive, West Leigh, said: ‘The night was great – it could not have gone any better.

‘The whole community of Leigh Park came together for this special night.’

He said he wanted to thank a man – whose name he does not know – who stepped into the ring at the end.

He said: ‘He just got in the ring and said he could raise money by having his head shaved. My sister got in the ring and shaved his head. He raised about £300.’