Fighting to enhance stroke care

21 July 2016

A King’s Mill Hospital staff nurse is set to raise £2000 for the hospital’s dedicated stroke unit by stepping into the ring for a charity boxing match.

Ben “Buster” Griffiths, who works on the stroke unit, will strap on his gloves as part of a national White Collar match on 31 July.

Presented by one of Leicester's finest boxers - Rendell ‘2 Tone’ Munroe - the event will see over 20 amateur boxers fight it out to raise money for their chosen charities.

White Collar Boxing is a form of boxing where men and women in white collar professions are trained by world-class coaches to fight at special events. It is a unique opportunity for people with no boxing background to experience the world of boxing in a safe and enjoyable environment. The trend originated in New York in the 1990s and has become more and more popular since.

Ben has been on a strict training and sparring regimen with professional fighters since 20 June and has replaced his favourite takeaways with healthy, high protein meals. This has left him fighting fit to face the WBA International Super Bantamweight Champion in a bout of three rounds of three minutes each.

Ben said: “As a member of the stroke team I felt that this was a fantastic opportunity to support our excellent service.

“We strive to provide our patients the best possible care. We see on a day to day basis the devastating effects that strokes have on patients and relatives. The money I raise will go towards improving dayroom facilities, aiming to provide patients a more comfortable experience whilst with us on the ward.

“The match will be a great experience for me. I am now at a really high level of physical fitness. The training, plus support from my family and friends, has given me confidence to jump in the ring and raise as much money as I can for this worthy cause.”

The event will take place at the Genesis Centre, King Street, Alfreton, from 1pm on Sunday 31 July. Anyone who is able to sponsor Ben can do so by visiting the Voluntary Services office in the main entrance at King’s Mill Hospital, or by donating via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Ben-Griffiths14