CEO at Sight Support Derbyshire

Claire Winfield was appointed as the CEO at Sight Support Derbyshire in January 2013.  Claire joins us from the Royal Air Forces Association where she worked as the Director of Welfare.

 

Boxing bouts to benefit people with sight issues

White-Collar boxing events are to raise hundreds of pounds for Sight Support Derbyshire.

Former professional boxer Clive Fearon, who runs fitness centre One Nation in Stanhope Street, Normanton, has been organising charity contests for several years.

He has now agreed to hold the events throughout 2012 for Sight Support, based in Derby, which provides help to adults and children with visual impairments.

A spokesman for the organisation said Mr Fearon had been looking to develop "long-term links" with a local charity.

He said: "Following recent meetings with Robin Toal, the charity's fund-raising manager, it has been agreed that Sight Support Derbyshire will be the sole beneficiary of all next year's white-collar boxing events."

Mr Fearon said: "My father lost his sight to diabetes and so this charity is very close to my heart.

"If we can help those in Derby and across the county who have limited or no vision, then I will be delighted to be able to put something back to this very worthwhile cause."

The first of the events will take place on Saturday, February 11.

It will feature 28 fighters, who have stepped out of their business suits to compete in the first of four events at Pride Park Stadium.

Participants have been training for the event, which will be hosted by television comedian Charlie Hale, for the past three months.

Mr Fearon said: "All the fighters are still training hard, including Sight Support Derbyshire's own marketing manager, who is taking part."

Tickets for the event, in the stadium's Pedigree Suite from 7pm until midnight, cost £50 per person – including a four-course meal, boxing, charity auction and after-show party.

Entry for the boxing only costs £25, while tables of 10 are available at £450.

Each of the 24 men and four women competing have also been asked to raise more than £1,000.

For more information on the event, call Derby 287027, e-mail fundraising@sightsupportderbyshire.org.uk or visit www.onenation derby.co.uk.

Source: This Is Derbyshire

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