Two Stowmarket salesmen became kings of the ring to deliver a knockout blow for charity – and were unexpectedly pitted against each other!
Craig Daniels, sales manager and Adam Pomphrett, sales executive at Barnards Volkswagen in Stowmarket, independently completed intensive eight week training programmes in the campaign organised by Ultra White Collar Boxing, which gave people the chance to experience life as a boxer in aid of Cancer Research UK.
By complete coincidence, workmates Craig and Adam, both 25, were matched for a bout by the organisers and – despite being good friends – they both gave it their all in front of a capacity crowd of 450 people in Colchester. The three rounds contest ended in a draw and the pair raised £550.
Craig said: “In 2009 I lost my Grandad to cancer and have always wanted to do something to help raise money for Cancer Research.
“When we saw this charity boxing event we signed up as it would be a bit of fun whilst doing something for a good cause.
“We never thought for a second we would end up fighting each other!
“The 8 weeks training has been the hardest physical exercise I have ever had to do, and the final event was even more mentally and physically challenging. All in all it was a great experience but I don’t think I will be jumping back into the ring any time soon!”
Adam added: “I don’t think anyone has to look far to find someone suffering with cancer, whether it be themselves or a loved one, so I jumped at the chance to do something to help the cause. It was an amazing experience which not only raised a huge amount of money but was also a lot of fun. Both myself and Craig are very competitive so losing was not an option!”
The Ultra White Collar Boxing saw similar contests held around the UK, with a total of £2.5 million raised in sponsorship and ticket sales.
Brand Manager at Barnards Volkswagen, Trevor Pajak, said: “We are extremely proud of the commitment that Craig and Adam have shown in their efforts to raise money for Cancer Research.”
The pair have confirmed that this is just the beginning – they plan to take part in a Tough Mudder event in 2016 to raise even more money for charity.