An inspirational teenager from Garston is hosting a boxing event in memory of his mum and to raise money for charity.
Charlie Dolling is organising a white collar boxing event at Woodside Leisure Centre on Saturday, April 15, with money raised going to Cancer Research UK.
He chose the charity as his mum died of breast cancer in 2017 and since then he has used sport, including boxing, as a way of battling mental health issues.
Charlie told Garstonnews: “Having struggled with my own mental health, growing up without a mum, sports were my escape to take my mind off all my issues, so being able to simultaneously raise money while giving myself a challenge sounded fulfilling.
“I’ve always had an interest in boxing, especially being from Garston having a local role model like Anthony Joshua and watching somebody who grew up in the same area as me go on to be Heavyweight World Champion.
“I also recently watched my cousin box for the Ultra White Colour Boxing organisation, which inspired me to do the same.
“My friends and family have been a massive help so far, motivating me to come to the gym and train as hard as I can even on days when I don’t feel my best and I’m sure they’ll keep this up until the day of the fight.”
Tickets for the fundraising event go on sale at
www.ultratickets.co.uk from February 17.
For more information and to donate, please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/charlie-dolling