Boxing event looking for sponsors
12 February 2014
A local family and their friends from Blyth are hosting a boxing event on Saturday 22 February at Newsham and New Deleval Workmen’s Social Club in memory Ellie Long who sadly died of meningitis on 8th August 2010.
The event which sold out in 6 hours will be attended by Frank Bruno and will raise funds for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) and the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Royal Victoria Infirmary where Ellie was nursed.
Mum Rachel Long said: “Ellie contracted Group B Meningococcal Septicaemia when she was only two years old and died 6 hours after her first rash spot appeared. Ellie was a very beautiful, bright, funny, loving, clever little girl and I think the best word we would use to describe her would be unique. We started Princess Ellie’s Trust to keep Ellie’s memory alive and make sure everyone knew just how special she was. We split all money raised with MRF who have been such a big support to us since Ellie died and PICU where Ellie was nursed. “
“Although the event has sold out we are still in need of sponsors to ensure that all money raised on the night will go to our nominated charities. The minimum donation is £100 and sponsors receive 2 free ring side tickets, their business logo in a banner around the ring and their logo in our programme. We are also looking for auction and raffle prizes as well to ensure we can raise even more money on the night.”
Anyone wishing to sponsor this event or provide raffle prizes should contact Rachel on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel added “On behalf of myself and my husband I want to thank everyone who has supported us since Ellie died and helping organise this event. There are 32 lads who have trained every week for this event and donated whilst doing so. We couldn’t have done this without the help of Lee Welsh (a boxer that has raised a lot for us already through his own boxing shows) and Megan Killington and all the fighters who have done bungee jumps, skydives, bush tucker trials, walked on glass and fire, sponsored runs and hikes, grew moustaches and goatees, died their hair pink, shaved their hair. A big thank you as well to Mick Welsh, Jimmy Welsh, Mark Richardson, and Chris Richardson.”
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