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White collar boxers raise thousands of pounds for Scotty’s Little Soldiers

PUBLISHED: 11:27 11 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:27 11 April 2018

Competitors in the Heroes for 6 minutes fundraiser for Scotty's Little Soldiers. Picture: Kara Lees

Competitors in the Heroes for 6 minutes fundraiser for Scotty's Little Soldiers. Picture: Kara Lees

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Novice boxers who have learnt to roll with the punches during eight weeks of gruelling training have stepped into the ring to raise more than £4,000 for bereaved forces families.

Competitors in the Heroes for 6 minutes fundraiser for Scotty's Little Soldiers. Picture: Kara LeesCompetitors in the Heroes for 6 minutes fundraiser for Scotty's Little Soldiers. Picture: Kara Lees

On Sunday, April, 8, a group of 28 novice boxers from all walks of life took part in a Heroes for six minutes white collar boxing event in aid of Scotty’s Little Soldiers in King’s Lynn Corn Exchange.

At the black tie event, in front of family and friends, the competitors who have all trained together at Motiv8 gym in King’s Lynn for the last eight weeks went head to head in a series of 14, three round bouts.

Created by ex-navy officer Robbie Owen in 2015, since it was launched, Heroes for 6 Minutes has raised thousands of pounds for charity including £12,000 for Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

A King’s Lynn based charity which supports more than 300 children across the UK who have lost a parent whilst serving in the British Armed Forces.

Competitors in the Heroes for 6 minutes fundraiser for Scotty's Little Soldiers. Picture: Kara LeesCompetitors in the Heroes for 6 minutes fundraiser for Scotty's Little Soldiers. Picture: Kara Lees

One of the competitors Nigel Banyard, 37, said: “Since I started my job I put on a fair bit of weight because my job isn’t as manual as it used to be.

“A friend recommended it and I thought yes it’s something I need.

“I knew it was going to be hard, but I didn’t know how hard the training was going to be.

“I’ve been most impressed with the teachers, I’d like to say a really big thank you to the people that have trained us.”

Mr Banyard, who has lost more than a stone in weight during the eight weeks added that he had seen first hand the difference Scotty’s Little makes to the families and children it supports.

Nikki Scott, the founder of Scotty’s Little Soldiers said: “The money will make a massive difference, it will all go towards supporting the children.”

“I love it when I hear about the support we get especially because its our home town so it means that little bit more.

“I’d like say thank-you because we cannot run the charity and support the kids without it.”

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