Sunderland woman signs up to boxing contest in memory of grandmother

Naomi Husband.

Naomi Husband.

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A CARING grandaughter punched above her weight in the fund-raising stakes to help fight cancer.

Naomi Husband signed up to the Ultra White Collar Boxing contest, to back the work of Cancer Research UK, after her nana Anne died five years ago at the age of 64 after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Naomi Husband with her grandparents Wilf and the late Anne on her prom day.

Naomi Husband with her grandparents Wilf and the late Anne on her prom day.

Now, her grandfather Wilf, 73, is terminally ill with the disease.

Naomi, a 21-year-old office administrator who helps run the family firm Wilf Husband plant hire firm in Hetton, originally set out to raise £250, but raised £10,120 thanks to the generosity of her supporters.

It is the highest amount ever raised by one of the competition’s competitors.

Her charity achievement comes despite falling ill with viral meningitis shortly before her bout was due to take place and being forced to pull out of the show at Rainton Meadows Arena last month on doctors’ orders.

Instead, Naomi was forced to settle for a ringside seat at the charity show, which attracted a crowd of 1,600.

Naomi, who used to box through Hetton Town ABC, said: “I loved to box and wanted to get back into it and then I heard about this and that’s what pushed me.

“My grandad never liked that I boxed, but I think he was quite proud.

“I was really disappointed I couldn’t take part, I broke my heart all day.

“I was going to go in the ring, but I was told by the specialist consultant that I should never box again.

“I’m still going to train to get my fitness back, but I’m still not 100 per cent better, it’s just wiped me out.

“People have been just amazing and to see 1,600 people there on the night was brilliant.”

Naomi, who works alongside her grandfather, mum Janette, 50, and uncle Wilf jnr, 43, and a team of five lorry drivers, trained for the fight at Unity Gym in Durham for nine weeks, with the help of Paul Hubber, Nick Hands, Martin Hubber and Brian Ashman.

Donations can still be made to the fund via www.justgiving.com/Naomi-Husband1/.