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.’