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Police officers in boxing Battle of the Forces
THEY shed blood, sweat and tears but it was all for a good cause as their efforts will help some of the county’s most poorly children.
Police officers from Hampshire squared up to colleagues from Dorset in a knockout charity boxing match that raised more than £8,000 for local hospitals.
A team of 16 boxers from the force, dressed in all manner of outfits from a seven foot muppet, to an alien and Hulk Hogan, got in the ring and came out victorious with a 9-6 win.
But the biggest success of the night was the money that rolled in from the sell-out crowd who paid to watch the Battle of the Forces bout which is now benefiting sick youngsters being treated at Southampton General Hospital.
A bumper cheque for £3,500 has now been handed to the Piam Brown ward where a new scheme has been launched to help children on their journey through illness and recovery and enable them to tell their story to others.
Called Beads of Courage, it is already a huge success helping tens of thousands of youngsters across the world by giving them a shiny and colourful new bead to mark each stage of their treatment.
In the UK, the programme is sponsored by Be Child Cancer Aware which aims to provide the scheme in as many oncology wards as possible at the cost of £50 per child.
PC Andy Darbyshire from the force football unit, who organised the boxing event, said: “This is the third time we have done this but instead of national charities we picked local hospitals. I am once again amazed at the commitment, not only on the night but during the training in the lead up to the event.
“I am really pleased that we exceeded the target of £3,500 to fund the Beads of Courage programme. If for a small amount of blood sweat and tears the bouts produce happiness to the children then it was definitely all worthwhile.”
The remainder of the cash will be donated to the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.
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