Tony Oakey offers sparring sessions to help young Jack Robinson

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Jack Robinson

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IF YOU fancy pitting yourself against a former professional boxer, then here’s your chance.

Adults can spar with former British, Commonwealth and WBU light-heavyweight boxing champion Tony Oakey.

Tony Oakey

Tony Oakey

The former boxer, from Leigh Park, who is about to start coaching the sport, has organised the fundraiser for Jack Robinson.

As reported, the four-year-old was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, and only has a five per cent chance of survival.

Mr Oakey said: ‘A friend’s wife is helping out raising money for Jack.

‘I was asked to donate something, but then a friend suggested we do something for him.

‘I thought about it and came up with doing a 

‘That’s when I rang the coach at Leigh Park ABC and asked to use their facilities.

‘They were really keen and wanted to help out with things as well.

‘We came up with a plan and wanted to get the whole community involved.

‘We are going to be sparring constantly all through the day. There will be people of all ages and abilities sparring There are people who haven’t even done any training doing it.

‘Any members of the public can come and get involved, spar with me or just give their support.

‘Anybody who read the story in The News would have had a tear in the eye.

‘I’ve got twins myself and it really hit home. It really touched me.’

Jack, who goes to Denmead Infants School, was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, when his mum Marie became concerned about his tiredness.

A CT scan found a brain tumour and Jack was taken to Southampton General Hospital, where he had a life-saving operation to drain fluid from his brain, followed by a five-hour procedure where surgeons were able to remove 40 per cent of the tumour.

Now he is being treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

The sparathon takes place on Saturday, February 8, at Leigh Park ABC, Leigh Park Community Centre, Dunsbury Way, from 10am to 4pm.

Tickets cost £20 per person.

A reminder of events coming up for Jack

SCORES of friends, family members and wellwishers in the community have come out to help Jack’s wishes come true.

Various events are taking place to generate money for the Robinson family, so they can enjoy time with four-year-old Jack.

Friday, February 14: Charity Valentine’s Day Ball at the Portsmouth Truck Stop in Farlington, from 7pm.

Tickets cost £10 – contact Melissa Scrase on 07817 629011.

Friday, February 28: Family fundraising day at the Cowplain Activity Centre in Padnell Road, from 7pm.

Tickets cost £5 per adult and £2.50 per child over three, under-threes get in free.

Aqua Cars have paid for a driver and four tickets to Paultons Park, which includes a free lunch.

For a month, Jenny’s Cafe, in Fawcett Road, Southsea, will be donating a penny from every cup of tea sold.

And money from tips will be donated to the family.

A charity night with a raffle is also being hosted at the Shepherds Crook pub, in Goldsmith Avenue, on March 1.

A non-uniform day at Denmead Infants and Junior schools will be held on Friday, February 14.

A car wash and family fun day will be held at The Rainbow Pub, in Milton Road, Cowplain, on Sunday, February 16, from midday.

Friend Estelle Watson is organising a Christmas party for the family on Saturday, February 15. To contribute, email

To find out more, visit ‘Jacks wishes donations x’ on Facebook.