BOXERS from clubs all over South Tyneside are gearing up to take part in a charity challenge in memory of a young fighter.
Grant Adams, 17, lost his fight for life less than 24 hours after suffering horrific throat injuries when he fell into a sunbed at his home in South Frederick Street, South Shields.
The freak accident, which happened on June 8, left his family and friends devastated including girlfriend Sharna Gardner, who is seven-months pregnant.
This weekend, boxers from Horsley Hill Boxing Club where Grant trained for the last two years, will be hitting the deck in a bid to do 10,000 press-ups in two hours while being sponsored. They will be joined in the endurance effort by fellow boxers from Harton and Westoe, in South Shields, and Leam Lane and Dunston Boxing Clubs, in Gateshead, who will be taking part at their respective venues.
The cash raised at the event will be given to Grant’s girlfriend for their unborn child.
Horsley Hill club coach, Steve Winter, said: “The boxers are all looking forward to taking part in the challenge.
“Grant was a popular member of our club so the fact that other clubs are getting involved in this challenge is great.
“We just hope as many people as possible will come down on the day and support us or, if they wish, to join in and do some press-ups. They can do so by making a donation on the day.”
The boxers will take it in turn to do a set number of press-ups between 10am and noon on Saturday at the boxing club, based at Marsden Road Health and Wellbeing centre in South Shields.
The oldest person taking part is 76-year-old Tommy Coates, from Marsden, South Shields, while a group of 10-year-olds will be the youngest.
Professional manager and trainer at Harton and Westoe Boxing Club, Mal Gates, who has also donated a signed Ricky Hatton glove to be auctioned for the cause, said: “As a club we have a very close relationship with Horsley Hill, and the tragic circumstances surrounding what happened to Grant, we were only too happy to get involved and do what we can to raise money for Grant’s family.”
Brian Skipsey, head coach of Leam Lane Boxing Club said: “The boxing fraternity is close-knit, we know Stevie Winter well and we knew the lad as well and we just wanted to show our support to what the club is doing for Grant and his family.”
Micky Smith coach at Dunston and Teams Boxing Club said: “All the coaches are very close and when we heard about what happened, we wanted to show our support by taking part in the challenge.”