Charity boxing match proves a real knockout!

Nick Cassidy, Wayne Bennet, Alistair, Jack Stockdale and (kneeling down) Nick Dearing

Nick Cassidy, Wayne Bennet, Alistair, Jack Stockdale and (kneeling down) Nick Dearing

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A knockout night of boxing helped raise thousands of pounds for two deserving charities.

Hundreds of people watched a night of action-packed white collar boxing at Burnley Mechanics on Friday evening.

Father-of-five Alistair Douglas (46), who had never boxed before, organised the fund-raiser in a bid to boost funds for Breast Cancer Care and Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation.

Eight novice fighters – Alistair, Ian Jones, Joe Loughton, Rob Conway, Kurt Richard, Leon Chisholm, Craig Shaw and Simon Gidley – took to the ring after months of training to take part in the event.

The sell-out event managed to raise £5,000 and saw Alistair crowned the winner.

Alistair’s cousin, Kate Douglas (37), has metastatic breast cancer.

Since November 2012, the mother-of-one has undergone scans every three months to see how effective the cancer drugs are.

She said: “I’ve had good news followed by bad news followed by good news! Life remains just one big cancer-driven roller coaster of a ride. I am so honoured that Alistair has taken up this challenge and I thank him for raising money for my chosen charity.”

Alistair’s other cousin, Sander Fox Douglas (45), who lives in Old Langho, suffered severe spinal injuries after being involved in a motorcycle accident in January 2011. The father-of-two lost sensation in his legs and back and is confined to a wheelchair.

Speaking after the boxing match, Alistair, who is married to Sarah, the daughter of former Ribble Valley Mayor Michael Ranson, and lives in Reedley said: “It was a great evening and all the hard work paid off. I gave myself six months training for the match and wanted to be fit enough to last three rounds, which I managed to do.

“I was very nervous when coming out to the ring and my opponent, Ian Jones was very tough, but the best man won!

“I am pleased with the amount raised on the night and would like to thank everyone who supported the fund-raiser.

“A big thank you to Lee Hunt, who represented Barclays Bank and donated £1,000; Mr Chris Mahady, managing director at Findell Education; Also thanks to Mark Dempsey and Lee Rothwell. Special thanks to the sponsors for the evening who were: Dave Wilmott, Blackburn Power Transmissions, Henry Taylor – Ocean Bearing, DH Builders and Pierce Accountants.”