Business Development Director Jon Williams stepped into the ring at a White Collar Boxing Event last month to raise money for charity.
Having never boxed before or stepped into a ring Jon took on the challenge to raise money for Service Leavers Wales, a charity which helps veterans make the transition to civilian life and will ease the financial burden and pressure on veterans this Christmas. Jon raised over £1300 for the charity which exceeded his initial target of £500. Jon took part in nine weeks training at Elite Fitness in Fairwater before taking part in the event which was held at The Vale Resort.
Family, friends and colleagues were ringside cheering him on and the event was a huge success raising thousands of pounds to support other local charities. Scheduled to go three rounds the fight was cut short in the first round with the referee stopping the fight due to a nose injury to his opponent.
The boxing was the second fundraising event that Jon has participated in having undertaken the CEO Sleep-out during the summer. It was at this event that Jon was inspired to do more for Service Leavers Wales when he took part in a night of sleeping rough in the grounds of Cardiff Castle. That particular event raised £80,000 with £20,000 being donated to Service Leavers Wales.
Founder of the Charity Paul Thomas, a former Royal Welsh infantry soldier who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder said: “This money is going to make a huge difference to people suffering from PTSD. It means we can give them support over Christmas, giving out food hampers, and giving guys who are homeless blankets and food. The charity will now be open over Christmas, and anyone who needs help can contact me at any time."
“It’s such a relief to have this support. We’ve had no funding since we started – I run off collection pots and pennies.”
Thanking Jon for his efforts, Paul added: “I gave a talk about the charity at the sleepout and Jon was so inspired by it he decided to carry on fundraising."
“It’s really great that he chose to support us, and to raise over £1,000 is brilliant.”
If you would like to help Paul and Service Leavers Wales please click here to view their website and get in touch.