BOXING club members have vowed to raise money for the unborn child of a friend who died in a freak accident.
Grant Adams suffered horrific throat injures after falling into a sunbed at his home in South Frederick Street, South Shields, on Sunday.
A glass tube pierced the 17-year-old’s jugular and he then fell down a flight of stairs. Despite being flown by air ambulance to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, he died on Monday afternoon after being placed in an induced coma.
Now his fellow members at Horsley Hill Amateur Boxing Club – where Grant trained for the last two years – are organising a charity ‘press-up’ event on Saturday, July 5.
The boxers have been challenged to do 10,000 press-ups in two hours while being sponsored.
The cash will be given to Grant’s girlfriend Sharna Gardner, from South Shields, who is seven months pregnant with their baby.
Boxing coach Stevie Winter said: “Grant had been a member of the club for the last two years. He was a tough kid and always had a smile on his face. He was a really lovely lad.
“When we heard what had happened, we knew we had to do something to help out.
“It’s such a tragic thing to have happened to anyone, especially someone so young who was about to become a father.
“So we came up with this idea so everyone could get involved and do their bit.”
Grant had successfully completed an apprenticeship as a bricklayer in May at building firm Carillion Gateshead, where he impressed staff with his hard work and dedication. He had already found a full-time job.
The boxers will take it in turn to do a set number of press-ups between 10am and noon at Brinkburn Community Association in Harton Lane, 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.
Mr Winter said: “We have said that we might increase the amount to 15,000 if we can get the right level of donations.
“Considering the age of some of our younger members and how old Tommy is, I think 10,000 is a good amount to aim for.
“We just hope lots of people will get involved so we can give Grant’s baby a bit of help.”
Grant’s aunt, Michelle Kelly, 33, who tried to save her nephew’s life after the accident, said: “The family are very grateful for what the club is trying to do.
“We really appreciate its efforts.”
Each club member will have sponsor forms, or people can make a donation by calling the Gazette on 427 4868.