Westway ABC knocked out by surprise donation

Ray Simpson (left) and his daughter Janet at Westway Amateur Boxing Club
Ray Simpson (left) and his daughter Janet at Westway Amateur Boxing Club
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Employees at a local training and employment specialist have donated a thumping £400 to the Westway Amateur Boxing Club in Scarborough to help support young people taking up the sport.

Janet Simpson, who works for Pertemps People Development Group in Scarborough, nominated the charity for a contribution from the company’s Payroll Giving scheme where father Ray has been a life-long supporter and volunteer at the club.

Janet explains: “My dad wasn’t a boxer himself but has supported the charity for as long as I can remember.

“He’s dedicated his life to encouraging young boxers along with fellow supporters George Rhodes, Neil Brocklehurst and Richard Cawthorne.

Janet and Ray Simpson prior to a boxing event at Eastfield School.

“I wanted to recognise their efforts and was delighted when the company agreed to make the much needed donation.”

The club has had some great successes stories including Danny Price, who has represented England in the Commonwealth games and has won two ABA titles.

Another budding star is Sheldon Jopling, who came second in a televised national sporting competition called Born to Win, battling against the UK’s top sporting talents.

Ray Simpson said: “Such a wonderful donation to the club will make a significant difference.

“There are very few facilities available to young people in the area and the people who run this club are all volunteers. Fund raising is difficult in the present economic climate but we still need to pay for boxing equipment, travel costs and to put on local competitions. It’s so gratifying to know that there are companies locally who appreciate what we do and are willing to support us.”