Double whammy for successful boxing gym

Newhaven boxing club �1000 donation
Newhaven boxing club �1000 donation

It was a double celebration for a Newhaven boxing club which received a big donation on its eighth birthday.

Hillcrest Boxing Gym, a not for profit organisation, was given £1,000 of new equipment by the Patrick Evans Foundation on Wednesday June 19.

Newhaven mayor Julie Carr joined Alun and Catherine Evans from the Patrick Evans Foundation at the gym for the presentation and celebration, which took place on junior training night.

Joint gym owner Graeme Savage said: “We were delighted to be given the equipment.

“They felt we were a very worthwhile cause.

“We do lots of work with young people from Newhaven.

“We have recently started working with Newhaven Community Development Association with youth workers delivering courses.

“We are very, very pleased to receive this equipment because we are a not for profit organisation.”

“Equipment wears out having all this new equipment is great for the children that we teach.”

Hillcrest Amateur Boxing Club has been at its current home in the Hillcrest Centre, Hillcrest Road, since 2005.

Since then it says it has gone from strength to strength, with several fighters winning southern counties titles and one gaining success at national level.

The gym welcomes all levels, abilities and ages, from those who just want to keep fit, lose weight and have fun with no desire to compete, to those looking to compete at the highest level.

It is always looking for new members and is open every single day of the week.

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The Patrick Evans Foundation was set up to help those suffering from any illness and disease, support those dealing with bereavement and loss, create healthy sporting opportunities for young people and promote awareness of safety in sporting activities.

It was set up by Patrick’s family after he died in a skiing accident.

Graeme added: “I have done some fundraising work for the Patrick Evans Foundation, like a bike ride to Paris, and I knew Patrick.

“They approached me about funding the club, which they were very kind to do.”