A BOXING tournament in South Tyneside will help knock out cancer by raising much-needed funds.
Nigel Oxman, from Cleadon Village, has organised a white-collar boxing event with Harton and Westoe Boxing Club to raise cash for Cancer Connections.
The black-tie event, which will be held on June 29 at Federation Brewery’s Lancastrian Suite in Dunston, Gateshead, will also see Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall and Paralympian gold medallist Josef Craig in attendance.
Mr Oxman, who owns Justin Oxman Cars in Sunderland, said: “When I heard that Cancer Connections only gets about £12,000 of government funding a year, which roughly lasts them three months, I thought I could do something to help.
“So I came up with this idea and I think we should easily be able to raise in the region of £10,000.
“Both Josef and Jade are patrons for the charity and they’ve said they will come along, so I think it’s going to be a really good night.”
The evening, which includes a three-course meal and entertainment from Re-Take That, will feature 10 men and six women battle it out over three rounds in the ring.
The audience, who will be given red and blue cards, will then decide on the winner.
There will also be the chance for one lucky person to walk away with £1,000 as a game of heads and tails will be played with a coin.
Free coaches have also been booked to take guests to the venue from outside Nine Bar in Dean Road, South Shields.
Mr Oxman, 39, said: “This evening is all about fighting cancer. Tickets sales are going well, but we are hoping a few more South Tynesiders will come along and support the night for such a fantastic cause.”
Deborah Roberts, co-founder of the charity, which is based in Harton Lane, South Shields, said: “We are extremely grateful to Nigel for organising this event on our behalf.
“The charity depends on kindhearted gestures like this to be able to survive.”
Tickets for the event cost £30.
To book, call Mr Oxman on 07947 147 337