Charity Boxing Night Dec 2010

In May 2009 and February and December 2010, Target Fitness and Phillip Graham of PGSM, hosted their 3rd Charity Boxing Nights to raise money for The Play Barn Project charity. The Play Barn Project was initially set up by Gary and Phillip and their goal has always been to create a safe haven for children with different types of cancers to be able to play in a safe, sterile environment together. As the very nature of their treatments means they are more susceptible to common illnesses which could be life threatening to them, i.e. colds, coughs, flu, etc.

This was initially inspired by, Gary and Leanne after their daughter Madison, now 5, was diagnosed with Leukaemia at the young age of 2. Throughout Madison’s treatment, her parents have struggled to find such an environment for their daughter to play in safely and not expose her to unnecessary risks that could affect her health. As a result of this, Gary and Leanne have focused on launching The Play Barn Project to provide a play barn dedicated to Children with Cancers, like Leukaemia, so that they are able to have a clean and sterile environment in which to play and socialise in.

In order to fund this project, Gary Johnson of Target Fitness and Phillip Graham of PGSM have jointly been organizing a number of Charity events. All Charity Boxing events sold out very quickly with over 900 people attending and supporting the cause. Overall, the events achieved a respectable outcome raising over £20,000‘s each and the latest event raising over £30,000’s making a total sum of more than £90,000’s! The total sum brings the charity over its halfway mark of achieving its £150,000 goal. The events comprised a champagne reception for all guests, 8 unique bouts of excellent boxing from both ex-professional and amateur boxers and a sumptuous 3-course dinner. This was followed by an auction and a disco that lasted until the early hours of the morning. All three events have been supported and attended by an infamous boxer; in May 3 times WBA Champion – Barry Mcguigan and in February & December Michael Watson – WBO Middleweight title holder whose career was ended prematurely in 1991 after a near fatal injury against Chris Eubank. Others in attendance included Stevenage Football club and a rising star in British boxing, Frank Buglioni. The Auction at all the events boasted some fabulous prizes; from signed West Ham, Arsenal and Tottenham Shirts to F1 driver suits and Lennox Lewis signed gloves, VIP Take That tickets, a night out with Alex Reid, guarrenteed marathon places as well as FA and Champion cup final tickets!

The owners of Tewinbury Farm, Debbie and Vaughan Williams also have a son, Sam, who was diagnosed with Leukaemia. He is now thankfully clear and the couple have been very supportive towards this cause and have provided a fabulous venue for these events to be held at. All the money raised from these Charity events goes towards The Play Barn that will hopefully be built at Tewinbury Farm, Hertfordshire.

With three very successful events behind them Phillip Graham said, “We should be on course to have sufficient funds to start planning our play barn project, something everyone is very keen to see getting started so these children can reap the benefits.”

Gary Johnson also added “These events would not be possible without the help of members from Target Fitness giving their support to the Charity nights and competing in other events to support the cause i.e. London marathon. Their continued support has helped to make this so successful.”

Target and PGSM would like to say a huge thank you to all who participated, sponsored, attended and raised money for such a great cause.

For more informtion about this superb event please contact Gary Johnson at Target Fitness or visit www.theplaybarnproject.co.uk.

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