Charity boxing night to raise cash for Thornhill Trojans and Help for Heroes

BOXING BUDDIES: Thornhill Trojans charity boxing team. From top left Kev Johnson, Adam Hoyle, Ben Kendal, Tom Holdsworth, Robert Chapman, James Folam. Front left Scott Grebe, Jamie Ingham, Jake Ratcliffe, Kevin Lumb, Dale Brook, Adam Bird. (d14051221)
BOXING BUDDIES: Thornhill Trojans charity boxing team. From top left Kev Johnson, Adam Hoyle, Ben Kendal, Tom Holdsworth, Robert Chapman, James Folam. Front left Scott Grebe, Jamie Ingham, Jake Ratcliffe, Kevin Lumb, Dale Brook, Adam Bird. (d14051221)
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Boxer Gary Sykes may not be taking to the ring in Las Vegas this weekend but boxing fans can still watch a fight night thanks to Thornhill Trojans.

The local rugby team has arranged a charity boxing night to raise money for both the club’s fund and Help for Heroes.

The sold-out event will boast six battles between 12 local lads, as well as a raffle and an auction including a signed Wakefield Wildcats shirt and tickets to see Leeds Rhinos.

Jake Ratcliffe, who plays for the Trojans and has helped organise the event, said: “We had a bad few years when the club was on its knees and close to closure, so for a while the boys never got any training gear or full kits or anything like that.

“We’re hoping to raise enough to be able to buy professional tracksuits and training gear for the lads and to get everyone, including all the junior teams, fully kitted out so everyone looks the same.

“It makes a real difference when the squad gets off the bus at matches all kitted out, it makes people think, ‘These lads mean business!’”

Jake said that Help the Heroes was an obvious choice for the club.

He said: “It’s a charity we’ve raised money for in the past, but there’s a couple of lads in the squad who are ex-servicemen too.

“And obviously with the loss of a few local lads recently it’s a cause that really is close to a lot of people.”

The lads, most of whom have never boxed before, hope to raise around £2,000, with the money being split equally between the two causes.

The evening kicks off on Saturday at 7pm at Thornhill Sports and Community Centre.

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