In June this year, one of our fearless (and now a little bruised!) account managers decided to fight back (literally) against a disease that has affected most of us in some way – cancer.
Jeremy Newell, Internal Account Manager at ESP, took part in white collar boxing to raise money for Cancer Research UK. It is a charity that is close to Jeremy’s heart, as his aunt was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Always willing to take up a personal challenge in aid of charity, and keen to find an activity that would be a suitable metaphor for beating cancer, white collar boxing seemed like an ideal option. The idea is that professionals in white collar careers undergo intense boxing training for 10 weeks and then put their skills to the test at specially organised boxing matches. Like Jeremy, most people that take part have no boxing experience whatsoever, so it’s a great chance to learn a new skill, have a bit of fun and raise money.
In June, after three months of hardcore training, and five to six sessions per week, the big day finally arrived. It was time for Jeremy to put on his boxing gloves and step into the ring. There was a great atmosphere at the match, as, at the end of the day, we all knew that the only loser was going to be cancer. Brilliantly, Jeremy raised more than £1,000 for Cancer Research UK, with donations from his friends, family and colleagues, all of whom supported him at the event. Well done, Jeremy – we’ll be sure to stay on your good side until you lose a bit of that muscle you’ve gained!