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It’s A Knockout
Thursday 24th September 2015 @ 13:50 by Lee Wild
Ashton News

It was a very busy weekend for local charity ‘Aint Easy Being Wheezy’.

On Saturday (12 September) the charity held an open day at Ashton Albion Amateur Boxing Club on Penny Meadow in Ashton.

The boxing club are one of the charities chosen partners and are trying to raise money to renovate the clubs changing room and purchase a mini-bus to transport fighters to and from fights.

A boxing club may seem an unusual choice for an asthma charity to support, but founder Alison Hall says that the club has helped young children with asthma, to the extent that many need no longer rely on their inhalers.

The open day was very well attended, with displays of sparring from the clubs fighters wowing the crowd. Wayne Heywood, owner and chief coach at the gym, said they wanted to attract kids from the local community and help get them off the streets.

Wayne said he had hoped to put a ring outside on the car park, but unfortunately his plans were scuppered by the weather.

As a result of the open day, the club even has a few new members who have signed up to the beginners’ course.

There was also a raffle to win a special pair of new Ashton Albion ABC Boxing Gloves

Aint Easy Being Wheezy founder, Alison Hall, said: “Saturday was a great success, we got quite a few people down and some of those have signed up to the gym.”

She also has three local businesses on board to help with the renovation of the gym’s changing facilities. Atlas Trading, Travis Perkins and B&Q have all said they’re ready to ship materials but Alison is still searching for a local builder willing to help with the transformation.

After a busy day Saturday there was no respite for Alison however. She, along with around 40 others, undertook a sponsored walk that took in all the local highlights.

After setting off from the Lord Nelson pub in Ashton, they made their way to Hurst Cross, before going over Hartshead Pike and back again.

She managed to raise £1,830 over the two days, and all the money is being used to fund the running of the boxing club. Alison wanted to thank all those that had helped her organise and promote the events over the past few months.

Any builders who can help with the overhaul of the changing rooms are asked to contact Alison at [email protected]