On 23rd November 2019, a local woman will be taking part in an Ultra White Collar boxing event to raise money for Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital.

Liz Dukes, from Birmingham, will be taking part in this event in memory of her son Charlie Dukes.

Charlie Dukes

Charlie – a former pupil of Northfield Manor Primary Academy – died almost 6 years ago after a road accident in Chelmsley Wood. Sadly, Charlie sustained a head injury so severe that his family had no choice other than to let his life support machine be turned off. Charlie was also an organ donor of tissues and valves.

Liz has been training twice a week with the organisers of the event, running 2-3 times a week and continuing to do various activities in her own gym around her work commitments.

Ultra White Collar Boxing allows people who have no boxing experience to take part in an 8 week program of training with a boxing fight at the end.  They raise money for Cancer Research and have already raised over £17,505,508. This is Liz’s third time taking part.

The program itself is a FREE 8 week program, worth £300, at a local boxing gym with a professional coach.

Liz says: “I am finding it very physically challenging especially around a full time job. It mentally helps me focused on the build up to my son’s anniversary.”

Liz has been training for 4 weeks and it is 5 weeks til the event.

She says: “I am doing it in memory of Charlie and to raise money for the hospital that looked after him and us as a family.”

Liz has raised £300 so far but the target is £1000. Overall she has raised £5000 in the last three years.

Liz says: “It’s not been an easy journey, but the staff at the hospital have been amazing. So please dig deep and help these amazing doctors and nurses continue to do what they do so well.”

If you would like to donate please do so here. 

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