Aberdeen has raised more money than any other city across the UK for a nationwide charitable boxing event.
The Aberdeen branch of Ultra White Collar Boxing raised more than £40,000 for Cancer Research UK at Saturday’s event at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC).
Ultra White Collar Boxing is an initiative which aims to give people with no boxing experience the opportunity to train as a boxer in a safe and enjoyable environment, while raising money for charity.
Participants receive eight weeks of completely free training with professional coaches, who provide fitness training and teach the participants basic boxing techniques. The participants are asked to pledge to raise a minimum of £50 for Ultra White Collar Boxing’s charity of choice, Cancer Research UK.
At the end of the training they get to put their skills to the test and take part in a boxing match in front of hundreds of supporters at a gala black tie event. Bouts are contested over three rounds of two minutes with one minute intervals.
The Aberdeen event has attracted 130 participants and has outmatched other fundraising efforts across the country, with Peterborough in second place with £35,789 raised.
Since it was established in 2013, Ultra White Collar Boxing, has raised £7.5 million for Cancer Research UK.
Robyn Johnson, marketing manager at Ultra White Collar Boxing, said: “UWCB is a unique opportunity for people with no boxing background to experience the wonderful world of boxing, in a safe and enjoyable environment.
“Participants get involved for the same reasons; to get fit, learn a new sport, gain a real sense of achievement and to reach their own personal goals.”
She added: “Cancer is something that affects us all so working with Cancer Research UK has been a great opportunity. “We want to raise as much money as we can for this great cause.”
Emma Hallas, senior account executive for Cancer Research UK, said: “Everyone at Cancer Research UK appreciates the amazing support the UWCB team provide us.
“Every person that has taken part and raised money for us has made a huge difference. “Reaching £7.5m is a fantastic achievement and one that will help save lives, and beat cancer sooner. UWCB is an incredibly valued supporter of the charity and we are extremely grateful to the team and all the boxers involved”.