Pulling no punches: charity boxing dinner raises £160,000

26 February 2015

320 guests bagged a ringside seat to mingle with stars of boxing at the Annual Charity Boxing Dinner, sponsored by the Ham and High series. The glittering evening was attended by celebrities including Dereck Chisora and George Groves and raised £160,000 for Norwood and the Paskin Children’s Trust.

The evening, held at the Lancaster London, began with a drinks reception and dinner. Cheeky comedian Lee Nelson and soul singing sensation Patrick Alan of R&B group The Drifters entertained guests before the three-bout boxing match, which saw Danni Griffiths beat Kamil Sokolowski, Tamuka Mucha win against Gatis Skuja and the bout between Jimmy Cooper and Jamie Quinn result in a draw.

The event also featured a raffle and a silent charity auction, with prizes including a guitar signed by ‘the Modfather’ Paul Weller and a helmet signed by all of last year’s Formula One drivers. Boxers George Groves and Deion Jumah presented the Henry Cooper Memorial Award to veteran boxing coach Mick Delaney of Dale Youth Boxing Club.

The money raised will provide vital funds for Norwood, a leading UK charity, supporting children, families, and people with learning disabilities and autism and the Paskin Children’s Trust, which supports disadvantaged and disabled children all over the UK.

Eleanor Bunt, Business Development Manager, Events at Norwood said: "I’d like to thank all those who donated prizes and the Boxing Dinner Committee for all their hard work putting this event together. I’d also like to say a huge thank you to our sponsor the Ham and High series and to all our guests for making this an unforgettable evening."