White collar boxing in Manchester for the armed forces

A boxing event will be held to raise awareness as part of a project to provide a safe place for veterans and the armed forces

A white collar boxing gala is being held in Manchester to raise money for organizations in the city-area supporting veterans of the armed forces.

Money raised from the night of the fights will be shared between the Armed Forces Community HQ in Wigan and the Broughton House Veterans Care Village in Salford.

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The two are also partnering to develop the North West Armed Forces Wellness Network, which is part of the national Veterans’ Places program as well as the Pathways and People program, which oversees a range of projects to support veterans. military.

A former army sniper and a beautician with four young children are among those currently in training to step into the ring as part of the black tie event at the Hilton Deansgate Manchester.

Old army sniper getting ready for boxing battle

Jon Waterhouse, 30, from Wilmslow, served seven years as King in the 1st Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, including periods of service as a sniper in Afghanistan.

He received counseling for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 2020 after leaving the military and is now preparing to step into the ring to support organizations that help fellow veterans.

Jon Waterhouse training for the white collar event at the Hilton Deansgate (Photo: Armed Forces Community HQ)

He said, “I boxed a bit in the military, but I’m training hard in preparation for the fight and I’m looking forward to it.

“I have seen firsthand the help veterans need when they are injured or transitioning to civilian life.

“It’s a great opportunity to compete in a sport that I love while supporting a cause that is close to my heart. There are many veterans in the Northwest who need help.

Proud to support the armed forces community

Mother-of-four Caitlin Sadri, 31, is a holistic therapist and beautician from Astley near Leigh. She explained the personal connection to the armed forces that motivated her to step up and participate in the boxing night.

She said: “My grandfather fought in World War II as a tank driver. I also have family and close friends who have served in the Armed Forces.

“I have the greatest respect for our veterans and members of the Armed Forces, and I am very proud to support them.”

Caitlin Sadri participates in a white collar boxing event

She only started boxing three months ago for fitness reasons and currently trains up to five times a week.

Another white collar boxer is paramedic student Lizzy McGlinchey, 21, from Appley Bridge, who alongside her studies at Edge Hill University is a civilian instructor with 723 Squadron RAF Air Cadets .

Having started boxing specifically for the event, Lizzy said, “This is a special opportunity to raise money for two extremely important organizations that support our veterans and their families. I can not wait to be there.

From the front line to the boxing ring

Harry Harrison, 26, who served in the Royal Corps of Signals for four years from 2014 to 2018 as a Lance Corporal before returning to Civvy Street is also heading to Manchester to help with the fundraiser.

The audiologist started boxing after attending Hard Hitters Boxing & Fitness, a Merseyside-based veterans charity.

Harry Harrison in uniform. Photo: Armed Forces Community HQ

“I do this to raise awareness of the wonderful work that organizations do for veterans, especially for their mental health,” he said.

When is the white collar boxing night and what should I know?

The white collar boxers will step into the ring at the July 2 event at the Hilton Deansgate Manchester. All fights are scheduled in three rounds of three minutes each.

The evening is organized by the charity Fighting Chances and includes a three-course dinner, casino, band and raffle, as well as a series of fights.

All boxers go through an intensive eight-week training program to improve their fitness and resilience and will be matched against their opponent based on their height and weight.

The organizers are always looking for supporters to buy or sponsor a table and offer packages for companies to advertise in the event brochure, promote the event on social media and donate money or gifts. raffle prizes.

Who benefits from organizations?

Created in 2018 to provide a safe space for those who have served their country on the front line, the Armed Forces Community HQ in Wigan helps former staff to integrate socially and access better life chances.

It offers a host of activities and offers advice, guidance and support to veterans, their families and caregivers.

Broughton House has been providing care to military and ex-military personnel since 1916, when it was founded to help wounded in World War I.

The original house was demolished in 2020 and today, thanks to a £12.5million scheme, the site has been transformed into a modern complex comprising a 64-bed care home, including a household of 16 beds dedicated to veterans with dementia and six retirees. apartments.

What was said about the event?

Karen Miller, Managing Director of Broughton House, said: ‘The event promises to be a spectacular and memorable occasion which will raise vital funds for our charity and support armed forces veterans and their families living in the communities in the region.

“We hope that as many individuals and businesses as possible will dig deep, participate and support the evening, because their help will truly make a difference.”

Armed Forces Community HQ Chief Executive Laura Ingham said: ‘I personally understand the wide range of challenges faced by veterans, parents, spouses and children of serving personnel and ex-service personnel. from my lived experience.

“Our communities need more focused attention and families need holistic support to overcome barriers to a more fulfilling life.

“We need to build resilience and positive social networks that offer non-judgmental support at the first opportunity.”

Elizabeth J. Harless