Oakey wants Leigh Park’s support for sparathon

Tony Oakey.  Picture: Paul Jacobs (100548-3)
Tony Oakey. Picture: Paul Jacobs (100548-3)
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TONY OAKEY has called on the Leigh Park community to get behind the sparathon to raise funds for Jack Robinson tomorrow.

Leigh Park ABC host the marathon event which will see boxers of all abilities step into the ring.

And there will be the chance to take on Portsmouth’s favourite boxing son.

The event is to raise funds for four-year-old Robinson, who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour three weeks ago.

Oakey and Leigh Park ABC were moved to help after news of his battle came to light and people from all backgrounds are now stepping between the ropes to take part in the action.

Anyone is welcome to attend the sparathon for free and get behind the event.

Oakey paid tribute to those who are taking part and he is preparing for some aching limbs after a long day in the boxing ring.

He said; ‘We want to do everything we can to raise as much money as possible for Jack.

‘A lot of people are getting involved.

‘It all came from being asked to donate something to raise money for Jack.

‘A friend suggested doing a bit more and it developed from there.

‘It’s going to be a long day and a lot of people are going to be working really, really hard.

‘There will be people of all ages and abilities sparring.

‘There are people who haven’t even done any training doing it.

‘I’m sparring in a charity event later this month so it will be good preparation for me!

‘Leigh Park gets a bad press sometimes but it proves that when their is an important and worthy cause the whole community pulls together.

‘It doesn’t cost any money to come down and give your support.

‘So it would be great to see as many people as possible get involved.’

The event takes place on Saturday at Leigh Park ABC, Leigh Park Community Centre, Dunsbury Way.

The sparathon begins at 10am.

Adults can spar Oakey for £20 for a round. Children can also spar Oakey for a contribution.