Army veteran to take on boxing challenge to help local families

A South Tyneside veteran is taking on a boxing challenge in a bid to raise money for charity.

Tuesday, 11th January 2022, 5:11 pm
Updated Tuesday, 11th January 2022, 6:13 pm
Brian has begun his boxing training with ex-professional fighter Sean Hughes.

Brian Stewart who formerly served in the Royal Artillery regiment is preparing himself for a boxing match so he can raise funds to help local people in need.

The 46-year-old from Hebburn is fighting in a Box Clever event so he can raise vital funds for Hebburn Helps, providing much needed support for vulnerable families struggling to afford food.

Brian, who works as a personal trainer has begun his boxing training with ex professional fighter Sean Hughes so he is both physically and mentally fit for his fight in just over eight weeks. Brian is currently training four days a week in between doing weights and cardio as well as joining in extra fitness classes to get his fitness level up and technique right for the fight.

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Brian Stewart of Hebburn Involve FC

Brian, who also runs Hebburn Involve FC, has taken on several challenges for charity including The Peaks Challenge and cycling but it’s his first time taking on a boxing challenge, he said: “I’m getting on a bit now and I just want to try and get as many different challenges in as I can and raise money for charity.

Helping local causes is important to Brian as he wants to help those in his community, he has previously raised money for South Tyneside charity Cancer Connections and Tiny Lives at Newcastle RVI hospital.

He added: “I’ve grew up in Hebburn and want to give something back to the community I live in and help as many people as I can and help make a difference for families.”

Despite thinking he’d be nervous to take on his first fight, Brian is looking forward to the challenge and if all goes well he hopes to continue his boxing and take part in a few more fighting events.

The boxing match will take place on Saturday, March 12 at Hedworth Hall, South Shields and will consist of three two minute rounds.

Brian has set his target of £500 but hopes he can raise much more than that. Anyone who wishes to donate to Brian’s cause can do so online.

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