Kellie is boxing clever for Weldmar
The popular White Collar Boxing shows have raised thousands for local charities
Kellie Cooke from Weymouth is going to be forty this year, and one of her New Year’s Resolutions was to do something that challenged her.
Little did she know when she made that pledge that she would end up stepping into a boxing ring by the end of March!
We met Kellie at MMAX Martial Arts and Fitness Centre in Dorchester, where she is training for the latest White Collar Charity Boxing Show to be staged at Redlands Community Sports Hub. “My boys come to taekwondo here, and my friend had put me forward to take part. I didn’t know anything about it, but Nic went through the challenge, what I would gain, and I thought it was definitely for me. It’s put me right out of my comfort zone.”
This is the sixth show of the series, devised by head coach Nic Bale, and they have so far have raised in excess of £55,000 for local charities, as each participant – who starts with little or no boxing experience – chooses a local good cause to support.
“Weldmar is a really important charity”, says Kellie, who works at the Winterbourne Hospital. “You don’t really know they’re there until you need them, and then they’ll mean everything to you. We all might need it one day. As a nurse, I know they do great work.”
“My friend’s father passed away there and she couldn’t speak highly enough of the nurses and staff. She couldn’t have asked for her father to be in a better place.”
Kellie’s preparation is eleven weeks of training and fitness. “You dont realise how fit you need to be! The fight will be three two-minute rounds of amateur boxing, and the training has been full on – lots of exercise, a change of diet and no drinking – I’ve been living and breathing it for two months and I love it.”
Nic says it’s been really successful. “We’ve raised an incredible amount of money so far, and it’s only going to grow. In life, you take, and you should give back, which is what we like to do here. Most people have some apprehension at first, but but we use it to build self-esteem, confidence, and quite often it can kick start someone’s fitness regime. It gets them out in the community and helps them understand they’re doing something fantastic locally.”
“We all might need Weldmar one day, so we have to look after it”.