A nurse from Crewe is swapping the ward for the boxing ring in a bid to raise money for her local hospital and mental health trust.
Ward manager Claire Smith has agreed to take part in her first ever charity boxing match, as part of fundraising for Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
“I’m nervous, but I know I’m fighting for two very worthy causes”
Ms Smith, who works in the planned intervention unit at Leighton Hospital, is also boxing for Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, after it supported her son Matthew in managing his autism.
Following months of intense training with dedicated volunteers at South Cheshire Amateur Boxing Club, she will finally take part in her first charity boxing event in Warrington in a few days’ time.
She said: “I’m nervous, but I know I’m fighting for two very worthy causes.
“The PIU team provide important IV interventions and transfusions as part of a day service that allows many local people to spend more time at home with their loved ones,” she said.
“Meanwhile, the care my family has received from CWP’s child and adolescent mental health service has been amazing,” Ms Smith said.
She added: “The team at CWP were supportive of our whole family and the difference they made to Matthew’s life in just a few weeks was unbelievable.”
Cheshire nurse steps into the boxing ring for charity
Ms Smith is currently training and sparring four times per week and has not consumed alcohol since November.
She said: “It’s been hard. But every day is hard for Matthew because of his autism.
“He is my ultimate motivation and I want to show him that with hard work and determination, anything is possible,” she said.
The fight will take place at an event put on by Pink Collar Boxing, which organises charity boxing matches between women.
Ms Smith will get in the ring at the Royal Park Hotel in Warrington at 3pm on Sunday 26 February.