HUNDREDS of people cheered on kindhearted boxers as they fought to raise cash to help boost cancer awareness.
Nine Hartlepool boxers laced up their gloves to fight their counterparts from Manchester and Portsmouth in yesterday’s Miles for Men boxing event at the Borough Hall, on the Headland.
Michael Day, 39, who organised this summer’s Miles for Men run, which raised £40,000 for Cancer Research, was delighted with a turnout of around 500 people.
He said it helped create an electric atmosphere at the Headland venue.
But there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as a touching presentation was made to the family of Dan Sullivan to kick off the event.
Brave Dan lost his fight with an aggressive form of leukaemia earlier this month aged just seven years old, leaving behind his devastated mum, Gillian, 45, and dad Gary, 46, and five brothers Anthony, 27, Luke, 21, twins Carl and Lewis, 17, and 15-year-old Conor.
And in Dan’s memory, the town Miles for Men boxing team and the visiting Team Bessey were competing for the Dan Sullivan Memorial Trophy.
“The presentation to Dan’s family was a special moment,” said Michael, who lives in Innes Road, in the town.
“It was great to have Dan’s family with us but it was very emotional.”
Fighters at yesterday’s event included Ian Cooper, Craig Denton, Ste Hart, John T Kelly, Kevin Bennett, Jeff Wool, Paul Robinson, Kyle McDermott and Stuart McDonald.
Michael said it’s too early to say how much was raised, but is expecting another significant amount.
He added: “It was absolutely bouncing in the Borough Hall, we had a fantastic turn out.
“I reckon there were about 500 people there.
“It’s difficult to say how much was raised at this stage, but it’s going to be another boost to our total. I want to say thanks to all the boxers from Hartlepool and the lads who travelled up here and everybody who turned out.”
All of the money which is raised will go to Cancer Research UK.
everybody who turned out.”