It is one of Walsall Healthcare’s biggest and most popular charity events but it wouldn’t be a success without its knockout supporters.
After a two year absence, Well Wishers’ sell out fundraising boxing match is back again in its fifth year and is all set for today (Friday 14 October) at Rushall Labour Club.
Over the years, the boxing match has raised more than £5000 for Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust and in previous years has benefitted its Older People’s Mental Health Team, supporting patients with dementia.
This year’s fundraiser will focus on Goscote Hospice (formerly St Giles Hospice), housed at Walsall Palliative Care Centre.
Former British Lightweight Champion, International Boxing Federation Super Lightweight Champion and patron of the charity Martin Gethin and his wife Sherilyn both pack a punch when it comes to supporting Well Wishers.
Due to Martin’s boxing knowledge and Sherilyn’s excellent organisational skills, they helped pull the event together with the Trust’s Fundraising Manager Georgie Westley.
The Walsall couple liaise with the boxers and match them up for the event by weight and experience. Martin sees or trains most of them at his gym.
Martin said: “We’re raising money for Goscote Hospice as we’ve seen and heard some of the wonderful support the charity provides – particularly meeting the wishes of patients receiving end of life care.”
Deb Jones, Palliative and End-of-Life Senior Sister/Ward Manager at Goscote Hospice said: “It is great to hear that this year’s fundraiser is for Goscote Hospice. We are so appreciative and want to thank everyone who is supporting. The money will benefit both our patients and families. It helps us to make a real difference.”
Fundraising Manager Georgie added: “Thank you to Martin and Sherilyn for their continuous support and also Gavin Beech and Mick Cooper who have always supported as MC and referee.
“A huge thank you to those who have donated raffle prizes, sponsored the event and the companies that do us a fantastic rate like our DJ, boxing ring company and catering – not forgetting Rushall Labour Cub which lets us use its facilities free of charge. Everyone involved is amazing.
“This is always a fun event with lots of community spirit so we also want to thank all the boxers taking part and of course our guests who will be attending and wish everyone a great night!”
The following services are provided by the hospice within the centre:
- Management of 12 inpatient beds
- Symptom control
- Respite care
- Dedicated round-the-clock care for those who need it the most