A BOXER is hoping to raise knockout funds for charity.
Heavyweight Danny “Boy” Hughes will take part in a 4Babybell charity event, with Radio 1’s Chris Moyles and Hollyoaks’ Calvin Valentine celebrity look-a-likes.
They will step into the hot seat with an Amy Winehouse look-a-like as judges in a Britain’s Got Talent-style night which will take place at the Royal Naval Association Club in Roker Avenue tomorrow.
The sold-out event is being hosted by Vicky Smith who set up the 4BabyBell charity after the early miscarriage of her baby.
Despite being devastated by her loss, the 25-year-old, of Red House, channelled her energies into making the charity a booming success.
Launched earlier this year, the charity provides keepsake boxes to hospitals throughout the UK with the aim of giving couples comfort during the darkest of times.
Vicky, a community staff nurse, said: “The support we’ve had in the past few months has been overwhelming. There are so many people out there affected by the same thing and we’ve all been able to support each other. I’ve made some amazing friends.”
Tomorrow’s event is the latest in a string of fund-raisers which have raise thousands for the charity including a zip wire and a 12-hour darts, domino, pool and poker marathon.
Promising heavyweight boxer Danny was touched after hearing about the charity’s efforts and has donated signed gloves, a framed picture and two tickets to his next fight on November 24 to raffle at Friday’s event.
Vicky said: “A mum got in contact with me after reading my story in the Echo and suggested the Britain’s Got Talent event. We’ve got 17 acts who will audition and it’s proved really popular. We’re a total sell-out.”
Vicky and partner Shaun Bell’s baby was born 13 weeks into pregnancy earlier this year.
Vicky said: “It was the day our world came crashing down.”
Doctors told Vicky she’d had an early miscarriage, meaning that although her baby had not made it past 10 weeks, her body still thought it was pregnant.
“Even though I’m a staff nurse I had never heard the term,” she said. “There are about five different miscarriages and that is one of them. It means that even though the baby has gone, your brain and body doesn’t realise yet and still releases pregnancy hormones.”
For more information visit www.4babybell.co.uk