Battle of Bournemouth 3 Boxing event
24 October 2013
Dorset Boxing Events UK will be holding the Battle of Bournemouth 3 in memory of Billy White from Poole who sadly died of meningococcal meningitis & septicaemia on New Year’s Eve 2008 when he was just 6 months old.
The event will be held at the Royal Bath Hotel, Bournemouth on Saturday 2nd November and includes 15 bouts of boxing, 2 of which will be ULBC Title fights.
Hayley White, Billy’s mum said: “Billy became ill on Monday 29th December, he was drowsy, sleepy, off his food, irritable and not wanting cuddles so I took him to hospital but they sent me home and told me I was a 'paranoid mother'. A few days later his condition got worse so I called an ambulance and they took him to hospital on New Year’s Eve at 6pm. They diagnosed meningitis but they couldn’t stabilise him and Billy died at 8.20pm after his second cardiac arrest. We had a blessing for Billy at the hospital and held the funeral 21 days later.”
She went on to say: “Myself and my brother Chalky White both enjoy boxing and my 3 year old daughter Lexi (who never met her big brother) comes to the gym with us so we thought this was the best way to remember Billy whilst raising funds for Meningitis Research Foundation. Meningitis takes the lives of precious little angels like my Billy Boy every day. By helping raise awareness of the disease and raising funds to try and find cure we hope this will stop it happening to other families.”
A percentage of the profits from the ticket sales will be donated to Meningitis Research Foundation and the evening will also hold an auction and raffle to raise additional funds. Hayley and her brother are raising sponsorship through their fights and some boxers are donating their fight payment for the event.
Chris Head, Chief Executive of MRF, said: “We are extremely grateful to Hayley and her family and Dorset Boxing Events UK for organising the Battle of Bournemouth 3 boxing event in memory of Billy. We rely on voluntary donations to fund our vital work into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia and sadly they know better than anyone how this disease affects babies and how quickly it strikes. Every penny raised from this weekend will make a huge difference and enable us to continue our research and supporting families affected by the disease.”