CONGRATULATIONS to Leicester EBA for their enthusiastic support for the Ringside Rest and Care Home. “Will you help?” is the headline of their current newsletter, and the lead article explains the various ways this can be done. Making donations (regularly or as a one-off) is one way, and there is a wide selection of merchandise for sale – keyrings, miniature boxing gloves, T-shirts and the like. And individuals are undertaking projects – former world welterweight champion John H. Stracey, described as “a great ambassador”, will be taking part in the Wigan 5km run on March 22, and Mark Massow of the Sweet Science Gym will be doing the Sussex 100 (miles). Just Giving pages will be set up for both these events.
Now registered as a charity, the Ringside Charitable Trust have come up with another idea for raising funds – and also benefiting EBAs. They have contacted every EBA asking that one of their members be appointed as an agent, responsible for selling Trust merchandise and distributing free leaflets regarding direct debit/standing order payments. The EBA concerned will get 10 per cent of all sales (the remainder going to the Trust, of course). The Trust readily acknowledges the support they’ve been given by the various EBAs, and this sounds a great idea. For more details, email Trust treasurer, Paul Fairweather, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elsewhere in the Leicester newsletter is a tribute to the late Larry O’Connell, noting that he boxed and trained in the Army and England squads alongside Leicester’s current Chairman, Mick Greaves. The two became firm friends. And there’s a note that two committee members, Dave Roberts and Deputy Chairman Sean Ryan, have recently been in hospital but are now home. I’m sure everyone will join me in wishing both a full recovery – and in congratulating Dave and his wife, Josie, on their Diamond wedding anniversary (60 years) last week.