Groups find Chichester’s big boxing show packs a financial punch

Boxing fundraiser - Local community groups recieve their cheques from the St Gerards Amateur Boxing Club. ''Picture by Louise Adams C130468-1 Spt Boxing Cheques
Boxing fundraiser - Local community groups recieve their cheques from the St Gerards Amateur Boxing Club. ''Picture by Louise Adams C130468-1 Spt Boxing Cheques

EIGHT clubs and organisations have reaped the benefit of Chichester’s second annual boxing dinner show.

The show, held at Westgate Leisure in January by the Rotary Club of Chichester Priory and the city’s St Gerards Boxing Club, was a huge success and raised more than £8,000.

The proceeds were shared out when representatives of all the clubs nominated to receive funding gathered at a training session at St Gerards, who meet at the Swanfield Community Centre in Swanfield Drive.

St Gerards themselves received a £4,000 grant towards running costs while Chichester Boys’ Club picked up £2,000.

Others to receive cheques were the 12th Chichester Scouts, who got £500 towards an overhead projector; the 8th Chichester Scouts (£350 for security cameras); 461 Squadron, ATC (£190 for waterproof jackets); Chichester Boxing Club (£350 towards new boxing ring); Chichester Baptist Church (£500 towards sports equipment); and Chichester City FC’s youth section (£250 for new kit).

Organisers of the boxing show say it seems certain to become an annual event on the city’s sporting calendar.