Fighting the good fight for Grenfell victims and survivors

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Image captionThe special event 'Unity' will take place at Olympia London

A night of boxing for Grenfell has been arranged by Hammersmith-based gym State of Mind Fitness.

All proceeds from the event will go to causes supporting victims and survivors of the fire.

The special event, entitled 'Unity', will take place at Olympia London on Friday 15 September.

Barry O’Connell, owner of the gym. said: “Boxing is a sport that fosters community spirit, and several members of the gym found their love for it as children at the Dale Youth Boxing Club - sadly lost in the fire.  

“Directly or indirectly every member of the gym has been affected in some way. It only felt natural that we do something to help.”

Image caption: The event is the latest show of support from sport in the borough for those affected by the Grenfell fire

Long-standing gym member Leeann Cowper, who is also an Event Manager at Olympia London, was perfectly placed to help make the event happen.  

“I’m so thrilled to be able to combine my two passions, events and boxing, to do something good for a community that has faced tragedy beyond anything most of us could ever comprehend,” said Leeann.

“It’s an honour to be organising this event and I’m hopeful that we will be able to raise a lot of money for the victims, their families and the local community.” 

Leann and Barry hope to attract a crowd of up to 2,000, with between 12 and 14 bouts on the card – with all boxers agreeing to fight for free.

Tickets start at £20.

A raffle will also take place on the night, which will conclude with a set by renowned west London entertainment provider Plush, and Funky’s DJ Alan Thoroughgood.

The event is the latest show of support from sport in the borough for those affected by the Grenfell fire.

Last weekend saw a full house at Loftus Road for the Game 4 Grenfell: where celebrities from music and sport gave their time for a football match at QPR's home, with all receipts going to the cause.

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