AN ANNUAL fundraising boxing show has been hailed as a ‘thundering success’ by its organisers.
Titchfield Amateur Boxing Club held its annual show at Portsmouth Guildhall on Friday.
Hundreds of people packed out the venue to see the amateur club, which trains at the clubhouse in Mill Lane, Titchfield, take on the Royal Navy’s boxing team.
Continuing its annual practice of making a contribution to a children’s charity, this year a donation was made to Cystic Fibrosis Kids of Portsmouth.
Matt Castleton, 47, a coach at the boxing club, said: ‘This is our 27th year of the show.
‘Each year we get a £500 cheque to donate to a local charity.
‘This year we chose Cystic Fibrosis for Kids. It’s going to be £500 towards their gymnasium at Queen Alexandra Hospital.’
Mayor of Fareham Councillor Mike Ford presented the cheque to 16-year-old Ella Dixon, from Portsmouth, who was born with cystic fibrosis.
Ella, who was accompanied by her father Max, spoke to the audience about the work being done by the charity, which is run by family members and friends of children living with cystic fibrosis.
She said the charity was struggling to raise money to buy equipment that the NHS couldn’t provide.
On top of the donation from the boxing club, a number of people in the audience came forward with contributions on the night.
Organiser Ken Charman said: ‘It was a thundering success.
‘Titchfield Amateur Boxing Club considers that it has the most loyal, dedicated and generous supporters in amateur boxing.
‘The members of Titchfield ABC strive to show their gratitude.’
This year and for the first time ever, five people who have helped the club were invited to become patrons.
Each was presented with framed certificates and medallions to commemorate the award.
The patrons are Joe Carty, the managing director of Concept Building Services, Peter Collins, proprietor of Hourglass of Havant, Dave Ellis, proprietor of Ellis Electrical of Fareham, and Barbara Hopkins, the widow of John Hopkins, founder of J&B Hopkins Ltd, who was also a president of the boxing club.
Also made a patron was Andy Thompson, from the motor car industry. Mr Thompson has attended every one of the club’s dinner tournaments.
Mr Charman added: ‘Titchfield Amateur Boxing Club is deeply indebted to these wonderful supporters, who have long been part of our wider family.
‘The club will continue to express its gratitude for the support and encouragement it receives in so many ways from so many individuals and companies.’