TheBox Brighton members help cure blood cancer
Brighton’s boxing inspired fitness studio, TheBox has raised £1,724.17 of vital funds for blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan. TheBox’s community came together at their Saturday takeover which replaced the fitness studio’s usual Saturday morning timetable with three back-to-back boxing classes on 21stSeptember 2019.
Tragically, in July, Jordan, TheBox’s head trainer lost his best friend, Paul ‘Lefty’ King to leukemia. The studio wanted to show their love and respect by holding a community fundraiser in memory of Paul.
30 of TheBox’s members sweated and smiled their way through three hours of their signature Box ‘N’ Burn class. The classes combined boxing, fun, games and even a soul train all to the sounds of their in-house DJ.
Anthony Nolan saves the lives of people with blood cancer, such as leukaemia, by matching them to people willing to donate their bone marrow, or blood stem cells, for a lifesaving transplants. The funds raised will add 43 potential lifesavers to the donor register.
It also carries out pioneering research to increase stem cell transplant success, and supports patients through their transplant journeys.
Beatrix Passmore, Community Fundraising Manager at Anthony Nolan, said, ‘The work that TheBox is a doing makes such a big difference to people with blood cancer. It costs £40 to recruit each person to the Anthony Nolan register, so fundraising is a vital part of our lifesaving work. The more fundraising we do, the more potential donors we can recruit onto the stem cell register, and the more lives we can save.’