Saturday, 2 July 2016


Local gym hosts five-hour Boxathon for charity
Men and women of all ages and fitness are being encouraged to take part in a five-hour sponsored Boxathon with Ingram Boxfit, taking place on Sunday, 17th July, at Intrim Power, in Long Eaton, to raise money for Treetops Hospice Care. This is the first time that Treetops have encountered a Boxathon fundraiser! The fitness fundraiser runs from 8.00am to 1.00pm and will be led by professional boxer, Andy Ingram, 35, from Spondon, who runs regular Ingram BOXFIT and Ingram Boxing classes at the community-orientated gym.
Risley-base charity Treetops, provides nursing care and emotional support in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, including counselling services for adults, children and families. Andy had very personal reasons for starting boxing, as he explained:
“My dad passed away when I was very young and it was difficult. We got through it, my mum and I. We were inseparable and then when mum passed away, I bottled it up inside and became very angry. I found I needed to control my aggression as it was spiralling out of control and so I started boxing. It’s difficult when someone you love dies. We have to live with the pain every day. If I had had access to counselling, perhaps I may have taken a different path in life. I have always raised funds for charity through fighting, and the services that Treetops offers for free are really good.”
Andy and Francesca Balvert, known as Frankie, who trains with him boxing 2-3 times a week, are organising the sponsored Boxathon event together and are aiming to raise over £1000 in sponsorship. Frankie, 47, from Breaston, explained how people can get involved:
“We are looking for men and women to take part in tag teams, paying a £5 entry fee, with all proceeds to Treetops Hospice Care. Each team will do a 30 minute session before individuals are tagged by members of another team. This will ensure that those who need a break from the HIT work-out get one. Everyone should do at least one 30 minute session during the five hour event if not more. There will be some who will want to do an hour plus and that’s absolutely fine, the more the merrier. There should be a great atmosphere on the day with the teams at the side cheering them on. We are also looking for sponsorship for those taking part.”
Andy has 21 years of experience in boxing, having started very young. He reached 16th in the world heavyweight rankings, when David Haye was No. 1, and as a cruiserweight, reached 8th in the world rankings, beating British Champion; Shane McPhilbin.