Christian Warburton taking on boxing challenge to raise £10,000 for Christie charity

Date published: 15 July 2017

Christian Warburton, from Littleborough, is aiming to help Red Star Boxing raise £10,000 for the Christie charity.

The Manchester-based boxing club is hosting a ‘white-collar’ style event to raise money for the Christie. Christian, one of around 80 people taking part, says ‘about 90% of them are amateurs’ and some of his competitors are finding training tough.

The gruelling one-hour-and-45 minutes’ training began on Monday (14 July) and will take place three times a week for the next eight weeks.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to it. I’m taking part because mum had cancer and because I’d like to lose a bit more weight. I’m hoping to lose another two-to-three stone over the eight weeks.”

The Christie charity is one of the largest NHS charities in the UK and supports the work of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust by providing enhanced services and equipment above and beyond what the NHS funds. The Christie is one of Europe’s leading cancer specialist centres.

The Christie charity also works hard to provide specialist staff and supportive services which can help patients through their cancer experience. The charity funds a wig and headscarf service, complementary therapies, an art room, based at the main site in Withington, and delivers art sessions for patients and carers several times a week.

The charity also funds a number of key posts across the hospital, including clinical nurse specialists who support their aim of providing more care closer to, or in, the homes of patients.

Red Star Boxing have raised over £44,000 for the Christie with their events.

Christian’s fight will take place on 1 September at the Victoria Warehouse in Trafford.

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