Stars shine at charity white collar boxing event
Stars from the worlds of television, sport, and music attended an annual white collar charity boxing event, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair, last night, which raised £403,244 for Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.
The Float Like A Butterfly Ball, sponsored by Diginex, was hosted by television and radio presenter Kirsty Gallacher.
The event, delivered in partnership with Ewing Law, a specialist solicitors, barristers and legal consultants practice who are experienced in organising high quality white collar boxing events, has quickly become one of London’s finest, amateur, boxing occasions.
Soul Brothers, a 10-piece high energy, interactive band with a vast and varied collection of Motown and Soul hits headlined the entertainment on the evening, whilst support was provided by Brutus Gold and his Love Train, who played the best in 70s music.
Guests cheered on eight amateur boxers as they stepped into the ring to slug it out in four, brutal, bouts, each consisting of three, two minute rounds.
Referee for the evening was John Conteh, the former WBC light-heavyweight World Champion.
In the audience as the boxers took on the punishing challenge were, amongst others: Melinda Messenger, Nell McAndrew, Michelle Heaton, Imogen Thomas, Nancy Sorrel, Amy Childs, Elen Rivas, Lizzie Cundy and Sol Campbell.
Trudi Beswick, CEO of Caudwell Children, said it was a fabulous evening: “It was top class entertainment and boxing and to raise £403,244 was amazing.
“It was fantastic watching John Conteh, referee each bout whilst Johnny Nelson, the former British boxer who is currently the longest reigning cruiserweight World Champion, used his incisive knowledge to commentate throughout the evening.”
During the night the boxers were supported by boxing partners BXR London, the world’s first high-end boxing gym. Launched in 2017, BXR ensured that each boxer had a championship mind-set.
Kerrie Davies, associate director of events at Caudwell Children, is now looking forward to next year’s event. As she explained: “We need boxers for the 2020 Float Like A Butterfly Ball, so if you fancy your chances in the ring get in touch now to avoid disappointment.”
Funds raised through the Float Like A Butterfly Ball will help Caudwell Children to provide hospital and in-home family support, specialist mobility, sports and sensory equipment, fully supported activity days and life changing treatments and therapies to disabled children across the UK.
To secure a place to box next year Caudwell Children Events team on 01782 433755 or visit the web page here.