PEOPLE piled into the Grays Civic Hall on Saturday to raise over £4,000 for two charitable causes.
The night raised over £3,000 for children’s cancer charity the Amelia-Mae Foundation, with a further £1,035 raised through a bucket collection on the night for the family of Kerry Thompson, a local Thurrock woman who recently passed away.
Boxing promoter Lee Eaton, from Stanford-le-Hope, regularly puts on the charity fight nights, having put on his first in May 2015 in memory of his friend Ben Adair. After raising nearly £10,000 on this night for Little Havens Hospice he continued to put on the nights, and has since made a career out of boxing promotion.
However, Lee still holds three or four charity boxing fight nights every year, and provides 10 weeks of training to the first-time boxing competitors prior to the night. On Saturday there were 17 fights. Lee said: “The first time I started doing boxing charity shows was after my mate Ben Adair died. The last conversation we had was about boxing, so in May 2013 I put on a charity boxing show, simply because it was the last thing we spoke about and it was something to remember him by.”
He estimates around £75,000 has been raised through the nights, including around £22,000 to cancer research in just three shows following his wife Tayne’s cancer diagnosis two years ago. She has now been in remission for 15 months.
Speaking about Saturday night, Lee added: “It was a really good night, probably one of the best family atmospheres that we’ve ever had. There were around 470 people in the audience and everybody said what a great show it was because we had kids there. Some people say kids shouldn’t be at boxing, but we always have them at our shows because they make it family orientated.”
The money raised in memory of Kerry Thompson will be used so the family can travel abroad to sprinkle her ashes.
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