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HEYWOOD firefighters have helped raise thousands of pounds for a local boxing club targeted by arsonists.
The Darnhill and Heywood Amateur Boxing Club was set alight just after 5am on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, destroying the gym, boxing ring and training equipment inside the timber building.
Firefighters from Heywood and Rochdale fought to save the single storey building but despite their best efforts, the club was too badly damaged and was later demolished.
As a result professional boxers WBA Super Bantamweight champion Scott Quigg and British International Welterweight champion Mark Thompson decided to rally up community support, including our firefighters, to raise funds for a new boxing club.
Crew from Red and White Watch were joined by volunteers at a charity carwash held at Heywood Fire Station on Saturday, May 2, 2015.
A staggering £1,646 was raised on the day only to be match funded by Barclays Bank which saw the proceeds split equally between The Fire Fighters Charity and the boxing club.
Both charities were presented with their cheques during a presentation at the Middleton Road station yesterday, Tuesday, June 30, 2015.
Watch Manager Barry Malone said: “When we found out about Scott Quigg and Mark Thompson rallying support to raise funds so that the boxing club could be rebuilt, we jumped at the chance to get involved.
“Whenever we have a charity car wash at Heywood we always get really good support from the public.
“This time was no exception, the support was absolutely fantastic and I would like to thank everyone who came along on the day as without you we could not have raised so much money for two great causes.”
The Darnhill and Heywood Boxing Club was established in 1964 and is supported by volunteers.
If you would like to make a donation to the boxing club you can do so via their just giving page here crowdfunding.justgiving.com/darnhillboxingclub