Members of a boxing club in Bushey have thrown their weight behind a project to set up a new home for former fighters who find themselves suffering from depression, alcohol dependency, injuries and illnesses attributed to boxing.
Ringside Rest & Care want to establish a 36-bed residential care facility which will include medical help but estimate the cost of sustaining it will be £1.5million a year.
Mick Shinkwin is head coach at Bushey Boxing Club.
He said he felt it was vital for the club to raise whatever it could to support the former heroes of the past and the young fighters ran four laps round a park in the town.
He explained: “Some have become ill, old and no longer able to in some cases look after themselves. Some with mental health and some with physical illnesses and some with no roof over their heads. All the boxers from Bushey ABC, aged between 10 and 16 hit the road running, raising £505 for Ringside Rest &Care.”
Watford’s Anthony Joshua is also backing the project on his shorts in his next world title fight and Bushey boxer Miles Shinkwin has also lent his support.
To donate, go to uk.gofundme.com/the-rinsgide-rest-amp-care-home-for-exboxers