On 24 September, champion Lead Pharmacist Dorna Ghashghaei took to the ring to fight it out to raise money for the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. Charity Boxing Nights is a fantastic white-collar boxing event that allows people with no experience to partake in an intensive training regime culminating in a fight to raise money for charity.
Dorna partook in the gruelling seven-week training boot camp to get contestants fighting fit, learning the fundamentals of each skill and training five times a week. The event was held over two nights, where guests were welcomed to the Manchester Vermillion’s Grand Suite by fire eaters and rhythmic gymnasts, and Dorna was one of 22 contestants. Dorna pushed herself to the limit in a very close fight with an opponent who was a force to be reckoned with, lasting all three rounds but narrowly missing out on a win. The event raised over £90,000, with Dorna herself raising over £2,000 of that.
Speaking about the experience, Dorna said, “It was a gruelling training camp and a super tough fight, but this is a small comparison to what the children and families have to overcome at the unit daily and it’s a cause very close to my heart. I was very much out of my comfort zone but am incredibly proud of my achievement. Win or lose, we raised an exceptional amount of money for the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. Every penny will help those babies and families cared for by the wonderful staff at the unit, and provide essential equipment, training and other resources so desperately needed to improve outcomes, or simply support families whose babies sadly do not pull through. Thank you so much to everyone who donated, it really means a lot.”
We are incredibly proud of Dorna for this amazing achievement, well done! If anyone wishes to make a donation, Dorna’s sponsorship page is still open!