Novice boxers are squaring up as they prepare to take part in a charity tournament for a battling youngster fighting cancer.
Pinks Collar Boxing show will see volunteers from Sunderland and South Tyneside take to the ring this Sunday, August 7, to raise vital funds for toddler Kian Musgrove who is fighting neuroblastoma.
The event, which will be held at Hedworth Hall in South Shields, from 4pm, has been organised by Amy Pink, a health coach from Scruton Avenue in Sunderland, who wanted to help raise as much as possible for the brave youngster’s charity ‘Caring for Kian’ after hearing of his plight.
The four-year-old Newcastle youngster was first diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma in October 2013 and after receiving treatment was told he had the all clear.
But in December last year his family received the tragic news the cancer had returned.
Since then, people across the region have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for the youngster who is undergoing regular treatment in America costing around £600,000.
The 35-year-old mum Amy said: “I work in the South Shields area and when I heard about Kian’s cause I wanted to do something to help.
“Tickets for the event are nearly sold out and so far we have raised around £1,500 to give to Kian and his family.
“The event is being sponsored by the Mill Dam Waterfront Pub in South Shields and David Merryweather from DMI Services and I am so grateful for their support. “This is like no other boxing event as all profits go to the charity, whereas normally event organisers only give a percentage of the ticket. “My daughter, Jacee, will be opening the show with a performance and then there will be pink balloons let off at the end of the night in memory and support of people suffering from cancer.
“The event will feature 10 boxing fights between 20 novices, people who haven’t before, who are Sanddancers and Mackems.
“Both ladies and men will each be taking part in two minute fights over three rounds and they have all undergone 12 weeks of training by professional coaches.
“We have already sold 200 tickets and all profits will go to Kian’s charity.”
The event will also feature raffles with all funds going towards sending Kian to America for his life-saving treatment.
Most tickets have been sold, but to ask about going along or for more information, please contact Amy on: 07708969177.
For more information and to donate Kian’s cause visit: www.kapipal.com/caringforkian