BOXING enthusiasts struck a blow for Wearside charity with a brutal 24-hour punch-out.
Laurie Cansfield, from Millfield, Sunderland, was among boxing club members who took part in a gruelling round-the-clock circuit to raise thousands for good causes.
The 34-year-old donned a banana costume and his boxing gloves in aid of St Benedict’s Hospice in Sunderland, where his dying father was cared for.
Laurie said: “I wanted to do something for St Benedict’s Hospice for a while, as they looked after my dad during his final weeks, five years ago.
“After initially signing up for the event, I didn’t think too much about how demanding it was going to be.
“There was a lot of bravado about it among the group, but as the date came closer, it did start to seem like a massive challenge, especially mentally.”
The charity champs, all members of Newcastle’s FIT boxing club, changed into fancy dress half way through the challenge.
Marketing manager Laurie, who has moved to London since the event, said: “I got through the repetition by allowing myself a treat every three sessions. Having a cuppa and some food was a good way to break up the time.
“I kept checking my donations total and there were quite a few still coming in during the night, as well as comments on my Facebook by friends and family.
“A few people had the same idea of getting into fancy dress halfway through. I was a giant banana. After that it got tough, and the repetition became hard to deal with.”
Laurie raised more than £520 for the hospice. Donations can still be made at www.justgiving.com/lauriecansfield.