Amateur Boxers Rise to the Challenge for Safe and Sound

14 March 2019

A group of first-time boxers have raised nearly £1,500 for Derby charity Safe and Sound.

The novices have been training with Fearon’s Gym & Boxing Academy and then competed against each other recently at The Spot.

Money raised will support the work of Safe and Sound which specialises in grassroots work across Derbyshire that transforms the lives of children and young people who are victims or are at risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE).  They support individuals to move forward with their lives and raise awareness of the issue amongst local communities.

Among them, and one of the oldest participants, was Marc Stevens (40), who is Operations Manager at Safe and Sound who personally raised £510 and also won his match in the first round.

He said: “I have really enjoyed the experience.  It has been a great way to keep fit and I have enjoyed the friendly but competitive spirit both in the ring and in which of us could raise the most money.”

Chair of Safe and Sound Catherine Arkley said “Safe and Sound works with children and young people at risk of sexual exploitation and victims of the abuse all across Derbyshire.

“By fundraising for us, the participants are helping us to provide support to the most vulnerable children within their communities and demonstrating how important it is to support your local charities working at grassroots level in the areas you live and work.”

Donations can still be made on the JustGiving team page and for information about how to support Safe and Sound’s work in local communities,  please visit


Notes to the editor:

For more information please contact Sarah Jenkin-Jones, JJPR, Tel: 01332 515102/07951 945665; [email protected]