Boxers will get in the ring for charity after being inspired by terminally-ill Aycliffe tot Briannah-Rae.
Rachel Hetherington’s baby daughter contracted Group B Streptococcus (GBS) during labour, which led to meningitis and irreversible brain damage.
Tiny Briannah-Rae is yet to open her eyes and doctors say it’s unlikely she ever will after being given weeks to live.
Rachel, friends and family have raised more than £1,600 for paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at James Cook University Hospital.
Aycliffe sports promoter Daryll Hall heard about her fundraising efforts and decided to organise a charity boxing tournament at Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring, on Friday, 13th November.
There will be 14 bouts, along with entertainment, a raffle and auction.
“I just wanted to do something to help,” said Daryll, pictured (above, centre) with Rachel and Danny Barnes, one of the participating boxers.
“You see people going through a hard time and I look at other people who are suffering, raising money for charity, and it’s just nice to do your bit.”
There are standard £25 tickets or £30 VIP tickets for the boxing event, including ringside seats and table service, are available from Rainton Meadows Arena or Tandos Tanning Shop in Spennymoor, or by calling 07880 693320. Alternatively go to the Daryll Hall Promotions page on Facebook.
Offers to donate raffle prizes would be gratefully received.