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St Just's boxing show sees big support from local community

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: November 28, 2013

By Josh Barrie

Boxers representing St Just, St Agnes, Bodmin, Penzance, St Ives and Devon competed in St Just Amateur Boxing Club's fundraising night at  Cape Cornwall School.

Boxers representing St Just, St Agnes, Bodmin, Penzance, St Ives and Devon competed in St Just Amateur Boxing Club's fundraising night at Cape Cornwall School.

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ST JUST'S boxers have shown off their prowess in the ring at a special fundraising show.

On Saturday night at Cape Cornwall School the town's amateur boxing club held its second tournament to collect funds, raising around £2,000.

Neil McFadden, chairman of the club, whose members can attend sessions free of charge, said the night was a real success and the generosity shown by local business-owners was great to see.

"It went really well," he said. £We had a lot of families there from the community all showing their support.

"Local businesses rallied round and supported us. It seemed everyone really liked it. I think there were about 250 people there."

Mr McFadden said money raised on the evening might be used to purchase a new trailer, allowing the fighters to travel to tournaments farther afield.

He said the boxers had a good time, with six fights on the card which involved competitors from all over the South West.

"The first show we did was in May and we're looking to make this an annual event in November, as it gives the members something to aim for," he said.

Mr McFadden said Pirates rugby star Alan Paver had given out the trophies on the night, which made the occasion even more special.

Ramsay Pharmacy, on the town's square, has been a regular sponsor of St Just Amateur Boxing Club.

"The whole night was fantastic," said David Ramsay, who went to the evening with his wife.

"It was nice to see kids enjoying themselves; their fitness and commitment is great.

"I think the big thing this year is that the club's now free to go to. We gave extra this year for that.

"It gives the kids real opportunities and makes a positive difference. I'm more than happy to support it."

Val Clemens, who owns Clemo's Pets and DIY shop in St Just along with her husband Brian, said their business had now signed up to sponsor the amateur boxing club.

"It's supporting the local community and the children," she said.

"It's giving them something to do; it's a really worthwhile cause."

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  • Lafrowda  |  November 28 2013, 9:31AM

    The Pharmacy supports boxing - Seems appropriate. Perhaps the neurological unit at Truro would chip in.

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