Members of Larne’s Fit Factory are boxing clever after announcing fundraising events for premature baby charity TinyLife.
The fitness club will join forces with the charity after declaring it to be their official charity partner for 2015.
The gym’s programme of charity events kicked off with its ‘Biggest Loser’ challenge which included a charity donation as part of the sign-up fee.
Not content with watching from the ringside, Fit Factory owner Phil Barnhill and members Naomi Gale and Donna Masterson have also signed up for the TinyLife White Collar Boxing event which will take place in May 2015.
Phil told The Times: “We picked TinyLife as it’s a charity working hard to make a difference to the lives of local families with sick or premature babies.
“Last year Kelly Lamont did the boxing for TinyLife and that highlighted what the charity does and how keen people were to support them. They do great work and I liked the idea of a local charity.”
Phil says that the he, Naomi and Donna are hoping to raise as much as possible for Tinylife. He continued: “Between us we have to raise around £1,000 just to compete.
“I’m a bit nervous as I’m trained in fitness but not in boxing. We will undertake training at Monkstown Boxing Club and they match you up with someone of similar ability, but you don’t find out who until a couple of days before.
“Everyone is welcome to come and watch and we will even get to do a proper ring entrance on the night!”
TinyLife Community Fundraiser Gillian Breen stated: “TinyLife is a small local charity providing emotional and practical support to the parents of premature babies across Northern Ireland through our raft of Family Support Services
“We are delighted that the FITfactory have chosen us this year as we wouldn’t be able to continue our work without the support of local people like Phil and the FITfactory instructors and clients.”
For further information visit www.tinylife.org.uk, call 02890 815050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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