The Bear who boxed

 

So it’s been a couple of months since my fight night and the end of the fundraising for Aware Defeat Depression. I finally got round to getting the DVD from the night’s proceeding s and have managed to get my fight up on YouTube for your enjoyment.

Once again, many thanks to all of you who helped me raise over £1500 for this great charity. It scared me, challenged me, pushed me further than I thought possible. What an experience!

If you want to get involved, there is still a last minute chance to join The Fight II which commences on Tuesday 6th September. Check out www.facebook.com/thefightbelfast for full details. It’s a life changer, beware!

The Fight – Round 2 – Everyone has a story

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Ready for a little more contact this week...

As you may know, I am participating in The Fight – a white collar boxing event in June. The first week of training is over, and a million jabs later and with aching arms and calf muscles, I am starting week 2. The gym itself is exactly as you would imagine, hot, sweaty, a ring in the middle of a tight room and 8 bags around the outside. The participants are good craic and the banter is great but it’s evident that people are sizing each other up and not wanting to get too friendly, safe in the knowledge that it will be 1 on 1 come the 23rd of June and they will be coming to hit you, humiliate you and hopefully beat you. You can rest assured that everyone is having these thoughts. Including me.

This week sees a lot more sparring and the introduction of more bag and pad work. I can’t wait. I have cut my early morning runs from 3 to 2 to allow for the intensity of the Tuesday and Thursday evening training. It’s hard work, very intense and increasingly physical.

I know a lot of you have already given very generously to support my sponsorship cause – Aware Defeat Depression – but I am going to be pushing those of you who haven’t to try and get involved. Depression is a killer, have no doubt about it. It touches people’s lives all the time. Talking to people in the last few weeks, it’s evident just how many people have a story. From family members, post-natal depression, colleagues off ill, suicide attempts and sadly deaths. It has been pretty moving. The main thing that has come across is that people don’t talk about it, don’t seek help and don’t know where to turn.

This is where the work of an organisation such as Aware Defeat Depression comes in. In approximately 75% of all suicides, depression is cited as a factor. There were 260 deaths by suicide in 2009, which averages as 5 per week. Between January and September 2010 in NI there were 234 deaths by suicide, averaging 6.5 per week. The suicide rate in NI for males is 3.5 times higher than for females. These statistics make for shocking reading. By supporting Aware Defeat Depression, you can help lower the number of deaths.

By supporting this cause, you can help make a difference. Change a life today.

Click on http://www.justgiving.com/nicoboxing and do what you can.

Getting punched for a good cause

Me and Ricky Hatton

Hoping that standing beside this guy last summer will have somehow rubbed off some of his skills!

So since January I have been back training again properly and slowly building up my fitness to where it was last summer before my injury. Whilst the training has gone well, I have been looking for an event to train for. Suddenly out of the blue came something I have been wanting to do for a couple of years but previously had been unable to take part in – White Collar Boxing.

Yes, it means I will probably get hit a few times but it’s going to be worth it. I decided it would be a great idea for a bit of fundraising and so after a few enquiries here and there, I decided to try and raise some money for Aware Defeat Depression. I have friends and relatives who have suffered from depression over the years and I have seen how it can affect people. Depression affects around 25% of the Northern Ireland population, (this could be indirectly – carers, family etc.). Aware Defeat Depression support carers and family as well as people experiencing depression. They’ve got 20 support groups across NI that are free to attend but cost around £400 a month to maintain. My target of raising at least £600 will at least go a little way to easing this burden.

In approximately 75% of all suicides, depression is cited as a factor. There were 260 deaths by suicide in 2009, which averages as 5 per week. Between January and September 2010 there were 234 deaths by suicide, averaging 6.5 per week. The suicide rate in NI for males is 3.5 times higher than for females. These statistics make for shocking reading. By supporting Aware Defeat Depression, you can help lower the number of deaths.

Training starts in earnest on the 26th April and will continue twice a week until I climb into the ring on the 23rd June at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. I am excited but also nervous, it will be a test of physical and mental ability as well as my discipline and nerve. I would love to have your support, knowing that I have a bunch of people behind me, raising money for this excellent charity would make a huge difference. I won’t let you down.

If you can afford to donate, please do by clicking here, if you can’t, then thanks for reading and please tell a few people and encourage them to support this cause.