A CAGE-FIGHTER is raising money for a young girl suffering from a rare form of cancer.
James Casey, from Washington, is organising a charity night of cage fighting and boxing to raise money for little Zara Fort.
The three-year-old was diagnosed with primitive neuroectodermal tumours earlier this year.
Since then, family and friends have been desperately trying to raise funds to fulfil her dream of going to Disneyworld and owning a Shetland pony.
A Halloween fund-raiser was held in a bid to raise cash for the tot, who has been left unable to walk due to her illness, but family friend James is determined to pull together even more money.
“I know Zara’s mum and when I read about Zara I wanted to do something to help,” said the 29-year-old, who works in sales and runs an online Mixed Martial Arts store.
“I’ve done fund-raising events before for Help for Heroes and managed to raise quite a bit of money, so I hope I can do the same for Zara.”
He added: “The response from the MMA community has been fantastic. Lots of people are coming back to me and sending me messages.
“We are getting quite a lot of support.
“Michael Surtees, who does the Supremacy Fight nights in Gateshead, has given us a VIP table ticket worth £400 to have as a prize in our raffle, which is brilliant.”
James is now appealing for sponsorship for the event and is hoping businesses will come forward to offer their support.
“Now I can get on with matching up the fighters and get sponsorship, so we can raise even more money for Zara.”
As well as the cage-fighting event, James has arranged for other cage-fighting in areas such as Manchester, to do collections for Zara’s cause.
The event will be on January 28, at Sulgrave Club, in Washington.
Tickets are priced £15.
To buy tickets contact James on 07917156930 or visit www.fightrightuk.com.