A boxing enthusiast has raised £1,000 towards the cost of a minibus to support a club’s work in giving young people exciting, disciplined, tough sessions and keeping them from getting involved in self-destructive behaviour.
Volunteer Steven Sulley, presented a cheque to support the Bromley and Downham Youth Club, which provides educational, cultural and sporting projects since it was opened in 1971 by Prince Philip – who also opened a new extension there in 2012.
Steven, who has been going to the club since he was 14, believes in the discipline, drive and respect that boxing teaches its students, has helped him create and run his businesses – Woodbury House Art Studio, Minboso Wellness App and Tungsten Management Group.
He recently took part in an event staged by the Queensbury Boxing League, and used it as a chance to raise awareness of, and raise funds for, the youth club from his ticket sales.
The cash will contribute to the cost of a minibus for the club, to help parents, volunteers and coaches get to bouts and tournaments.
It needs a total of £13,000 to buy one which meets the Low Emission Zone standards.
Up to 40 youth attend each night, three times a week.
Coach Richard Foster said: “We’re keeping them off the streets, we’re giving them
something to do. We’re not only teaching them boxing, we’re trying to teach them life skills.
“Even though boxing is an individual man sport, we still act as one team. They don’t just get in the ring and box.
They put in the preparation and people don’t realise the hard work that goes into boxing.”
Steven has vowed to continue his support by creating projects that will help increase awareness for the club and raise funds to maintain and improve
If you would like to find out how to volunteer or assist in fundraising initiatives, contact Richard Foster at the Bromley and Downham Youth Club
on 02084 612 597.