EIGHT decades of dedication have earned a boxing club an honour from the Queen.
Titchfield Amateur Boxing Club, in Mill Lane, Titchfield, promotes young people getting into boxing and is run by volunteers, including chairman Ken Charman and president Lou Stamp, who have been at the club for more than 80 years between them.
Now, the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan, has attended an event at the club to present the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
Mr Charman, 85, said: ‘We’re grateful. We feel it is rather fortunate that we have got someone who has recognised what we do.’
Mr Stamp, 75, said: ‘It means a lot to the club because it’s put boxing on the map. It’s the first time this award has ever been given to a boxing club.’
Dame Mary led the presentation, giving the club a commemorative crystal and a certificate signed by the Queen, before young boxers put on a demonstration.
She said: ‘It’s a great pleasure to present this award to the club whose volunteers do such valuable work, not only with training young people and promoting the sport of boxing but raising funds for many local charities.’
The club helps young people with disabilities to get involved as the gymnasium offers an ideal location for those who have special requirements.
Mr Charman said: ‘We’ve tried very hard to get young people who are suffering from some sort of disability into the gymnasium.
‘We offer them the amenities and the back up financially to come in and use it’
‘Maybe with this award and a bit of publicity we can get some disabled children interested, not necessarily to box but to take part in boxing activities.’
For more information, visit titchfieldboxingclub.co.uk or call 01489 581623.