Hemel charity Billy’s Wish raised over £800 on Saturday night with a fundraising boxing match.
Hundreds of supporters packed into the Holiday Inn in Stevenage to support the iBox Promotions Charity Boxing Evening.
The charity was set up by Paul Dove in 2012 following the tragic death of his young son, Billy Dove in Hemel Hempstead in November 2011.
Since 2012 Billy’s Wish has produced and developed an Anti Knife Crime Education Programme that is being taught in Hemel Hempstead schools, and is currently being run out across Hertfordshire, with a new extended programme becoming available from January 2016.
The event was hosted by TV presenter and Billy’s Wish supporter Rob Lamarr, and featured guest judges British legend WBC World Welterweight
Champion John H Stracey, who was inducted into the WBC Hall of Fame in 2005, and English Flyweight title holder Ashley ‘Flash Ash’ Sexton, who still boxes professionally.
Both men took great delight in handing out trophies to the boxers, while John also hosted the charity auction, which included a pair of golden gloves signed by him, an Absolute Radio football signed by Ian Wright, and a range of boxing memorabilia.
David Stephenson, owner of iBox Promotions, said: “Billy’s Wish is a fantastic charity that has worked so hard to educate young people about the dangers of knife crime.
“It was an absolute pleasure to put on this event to raise much needed funds for them. We have so far raised £800 with more pledged.
“The event was a huge success and my team at iBox Promotions have decided to make this an annual event. Together we can fight the fight against knife crime.”