The Ringside Charitable Trust
For many years concern has been expressed for the countless boxing personnel who find themselves suffering from depression, alcohol dependency, injuries and illnesses attributed to boxing. Ringside Charitable Trust, hope to change the way we care for our boxing family. The vision for the home is to include medical help, facilities for ex boxers to be cared for both short and long term, a cinema room for the boxers to watch films of their old fights and a non alcoholic bar where they can sit together and reminisce. There is initial funding in place but the cost of sustaining the home is estimated at £1.5 million per year. Many boxers have entertained us over the decades, and many now need our help in hard times. This is our opportunity to raise funds for The Ringside Charitable Trust, a fantastic project to establish a thirty-six bed residential care facility which will be of enormous benefit to those who sadly have no means of support in dark times.
Fundraising and Donations
After many weeks of trying to open a Charity account with PayPal and doing so much form filling and paperwork,I’m happy to announce the details:
To donate please click on the link above
Ringside goes Stateside
Matt Christie Editor of The Boxing News standing proudly outside Madison Square Gardens prior to the Anthony Joshua fight
Interview with Anthony Joshua OBE
A message from Dave Harris Chairman & Trustee
Hi everyone I hope you are all keeping fit and well and staying safe as some of you will know we are now into stage 3 and are starting to identify areas in the country which will be suitable for the Ringside Charitable Trust care home and now the hard work starts once again we are working towards an application for lottery funding for 3 million pounds .One of the areas which we are closely looking at is in the Northampton and Gloucestershire areas if you haven't yet pledged £5 a month please do so it's not a lot but it will make such a difference to our boxers who are in such desperate need I would like everyone of you who has stood shoulder to shoulder alongside the wonderful hard-working team that will make Ringside Charitable Trust a reality ,we are still hoping that our launch night may still take place in November and I hope you are all looking forward to making the song Never give up Never give in a Christmas number one which was recorded by some of the biggest names in Boxing so remember the title Never give up Never give in by the Legends
Stay safe 🥊🥊🥊
RINGSIDE CHARITABLE TRUST
In conjunction with Boxing Social,Ringside Charitable Trust has produced a you tube video ,explaining all about our aims.
NEVER GIVE UP
Abseil of The Spinnaker
I wanted to give you an update on where we are with Spinnaker Tower abseil for Ringside.
I'm delighted that we now have a complete team of twenty two volunteers, and the response has been truly fantastic particularly in such troubled times.
Date ; 10th July 12.00 -15.00
The participants are as follows and all are paying the £100 cost of the abseil themselves:
Boxers (former and current):
Matt Christie (BN editor)
We've have the fundraising page set up with a target of £7,000 but we shall work hard to exceed that amount. Please wish us luck!
A Dinner is being held in the memory of Alan Minter,Johnny Clark,Vince Heckman and Geoff Hopcraft
TICKETS ON SALE FROM 1ST APRIL 2021
THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN PUT BACK TO 1ST AUGUST 2021
Due the the extension of the Covid restrictions
I have received this from Ralph Oates,s publisher for discount details on Ralph’s book
Hi Paul, thanks for getting in touch. We can certainly give you the link, but even better, we can give you a discount code (RCT25) which gives your members/contacts a chance to buy Ralph’s book, (or any book on our website) at 25% off the cover price. Not only do they get money off, you get 10% of the RRP for your charity. So for a £15 book, you will get £1.50, and your contacts will get a discount of £3.75.
This is a great opportunity for you to make some serious money for the charity, and also to spread the word about the book and our website. There is no end date on the code (until we both decide to stop it) and it can be used multiple times. The more people know about it, the more money we all make.
Remember it is not just Ralph’s book that can be bought using the code, but any book on our website, and you get 10% of everything.
The link is A Question of Boxing - 1500 questions on the sport of Boxing – JMD Media Ltd
Anthony Joshua OBE
Our Ambassador,Anthony Joshua has sent us this little video showing his support for The Ringside Charitable Trust
The Boxing Legends
Britain’s Got Talent 2022
OUR JOURNEY ON BRITAINS GOT TALENT
I received an email in October 2020 from a researcher from BGT who had heard our record NEVER GIVE UP NEVER GIVE IN,kindly written and sponsored by Simon Block and would we be interested in taking part in the show in 2021,I immediately said YES.
This led to a series of emails ,zoom meetings,completing health and Covid forms for all the group.
Shortly after Christmas 2020 we were informed that the 2021 BGT would be postponed until 2022 and would we still be interested in taking part then,another YES.
During 2021 still more emails and zoom meetings ,near the end of 2021 we were asked to have a rehearsal and film it,we did this at Popular and Blackwall District Rowing Club who kindly offered there premises,due to Covid restrictions only part of the group could attend,I sent the film in .
After which I had to send in pictures of what we would be wearing,unfortunately we couldn’t wear Ringside shirts so went with THE BOXING LEGENDS.
Another email can we have another rehearsal ,again film it and send it in.
We eventually got our audition date 22nd January at The London Palladium.
On the day we all arrived at 07.30 in the morning,unfortunately Simon Block was unable to attend due to Frances Covid restrictions.
Checked in ,more form filling for everyone,sound check,all good.
We were then moved to a hotel to wait,interviews,filming etc,then back to the Palladium for our audition around 21.30 (long day)
You’re on next,the group walked on stage,I was sitting just behind Simon Cowell,he said “I recognise some of you as I’m into my boxing) and asked everyone to introduce themselves.
Well,the group started singing,all the audience got to their feet ,started to clap,song finished,all the panel got to their feet clapping.
Remarks from the panel,Alesha said “Boxings answer to UB40”,Simon Cowell said “absolutely brilliant “ 4 YES,s your through to the live semi finals.
Unfortunately we were not picked for the live semi finals or shown on the audition shows,but here’s a few photos of the wonderful day everyone had.
Our Helpline is now available ,please note the NEW NUMBERS
This service is being supported by O2
RINGSIDE MOVING FORWARD
Following a meeting of the Trustees ,we are happy to say we have began viewing properties,so that we can move forward in our quest