Knockout £1,000 donation for Northumberland boxing club
06 March 2020
A Northumberland boxing club has hit a knockout donation after being gifted £1,000.
The club, established in 1987, is run by a group of volunteers who work tirelessly to promote health and fitness among the young members. The coaches will use the money to replace worn kit with new equipment.
Daniel McFarlane, a serving police officer applied for the funding, which he says will benefit the 40 youngsters who train at the club in Gibson Street five nights a week.
He said: “The boxing club is run by a group of volunteers who work tirelessly to help promote health and fitness in their young members. I have seen at first hand the benefits of the sport and it’s keeping the young children off the streets at night.
“Newbiggin Boxing Club endeavors to teach its members discipline, good manners integrity and self-respect along with respect for others.
“Boxing is giving them a vision, a dream and to help focus on a bright future. It is helping divert their time away from crime and disorder and putting some goodness back into the local community.”
Debbie Zaben, sales director for Persimmon Homes North East, said: “We’re delighted to be able to support this group. “Our Community Champions scheme is a way of supporting worthy causes in the areas we build. “It’s great to see this funding going to a sporting cause. Sport in general is extremely important to health and wellbeing and being able to support Newbiggin Community Boxing Club, which actively engages young people and promotes inclusive pathways for self-development is exactly what we want to do.”
The Community Champions programme enables clubs, groups and good causes to apply for funding up to the value of £1,000 to match money they have already raised themselves. Each month Persimmon Homes North East donates two cash pots - each worth up to £1,000. For more information on Persimmon Homes Community Champions scheme and to apply visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity