STEPPING into the boxing ring, three-year-old Harvey was not there to take part in a bout.
The youngster from Titchfield was collecting a cheque for £500 from Titchfield Amateur Boxing Club to go towards his appeal, Help4Harvey.
Harvey has cerebral palsy and has had life-changing surgery in America to help him walk. His family raised the money needed and are continuing to fundraise for Harvey’s physio sessions.
He was joined in the boxing ring by another boy – three-year-old Aiden Farell from Gosport.
Aiden also has cerebral palsy and his family are fundraising to send him to America for a similar operation.
They have just weeks to raise the rest of the £27,000 needed for the surgery.
Aiden’s family also collected a £500 cheque raised by the Titchfield Amateur Boxing Club.
The club puts on an annual show at the Portsmouth Guildhall to raise money for the club and for good causes. This year was the 25th show and saw a 10 bouts of boxing.
Matt Castleton, organiser, said: ‘It is one of the biggest boxing events on the south coast. It is a spectacular evening of boxing. We have so many supporters here, some have even been to all 25 shows, and of course we are giving much needed money to three good causes.’
The club gave £500 to Harvey, to Aiden and to Fareham Borough Council’s CEO Peter Grimwood, who is running the London Marathon next year to raise money for the Rainbow Centre, a centre which helps children and adults with cerebral palsy.
Ken Charman, from the boxing club, said: ‘The main purpose of the night is to raise funds for the boxing club, from that we always find a donation for a local child. Because it is our 25th anniversary, our silver jubilee, we are extending that donation to two children and to Peter’s marathon efforts.’
Nick Young, Harvey’s dad, said: ‘It really good of them, they have been fantastic, so supportive.’
After the presentations, Titchfield Amateur Boxing Club Select took on the Royal Navy Boxing Association.
Coach Lou Stamp said: ‘The navy are all top class, it was such a good bill. And for our 25th, it means so much.’
Also boxing were Golden Ring ABC, Bexley ABC, Army BA, Ventnor ABC, Basingstoke ABC, Moneyfields ABC, Heart of Port ABC and Legacy ABC.