Army Charity Boxing Night Raises £50,000
101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) raised a staggering £50,000 at a charity boxing event and recently presented the money to two charities. Felix Fund – The Bomb Disposal Charity and Autism Research Trust both received £25,000 at a special presentation at Carver Barracks.
The 6th of July 2016 saw the second ‘Sappers versus Gunners’ charity boxing event where 400 guests were entertained with nine bouts of boxing alongside a four-course meal and auction. The event which was held at Stamford Bridge celebrated the strength and courage of the Army and brought together military dignitaries and special guests from the sporting world.
The regiment, which is based at Carver Barracks, Essex was thrilled with the support and generosity from the guests on the evening and was delighted to meet with representatives from the two chosen charities this month. The Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Dickie Hawkins said: “We are so pleased to have held such a successful boxing event for the second time. In 2015 we raised over £41,000 for charity and to have exceeded that at the 2016 event is fantastic. The two charities are so deserving and knowing there will be many beneficiaries from what was a wonderful evening, makes it all worth while.”
101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment, which specialises in Explosive Ordnance Disposal, has close links with the Felix Fund. Soldiers and families from the regiment directly benefit from the Felix Fund’s services and in 2017 the Commanding Officer of the regiment will become a member of the Felix Fund board of trustees to cement that relationship.
Jools Holland who is a patron of the Autism Research Trust and also Honorary Colonel of the regiment attended the event. He joined Lieutenant Colonel Hawkins at a special lunch to present the donation to both charities and said: ‘Not only was the Boxing Event a fantastic night, but the amount raised by the team is quite outstanding.’ Similarly, Professor Simon Baron-Cohen said ‘this money will go to great use assisting our research as we seek to better understand autism and ensure the people affected receive the best possible support.’
Presentation of funds. (L-R) Captain Tommy Roach, Jools Holland, Mrs Melanie Moughton, Chief Executive of the Felix Fund, Professor Simon Baron-Cohen FBA, Director of Cambridge University’s Autism Research Trust and Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Dickie Hawkins MBE.