Sheffield boxing club raise £300 for support dog charity event

24 February 2022

The University of Sheffield’s Boxing Club have raised almost £300 for a support dog charity ‘skipathon’ event.

Members of the university’s boxing society were sponsored to skip 100 miles in the space of three hours. The charity event, which was held at the Sheffield Students’ Union on Wednesday, saw passers-by cheer the skippers on and make donations.

Ethan Barker, 21, social secretary for the University of Sheffield’s Boxing Society, said: “Support Dogs UK have been a charity that we have sponsored for years as they do such amazing work for the community. I’m proud of boxing for pulling together and raising money for such a good cause.”

Support Dogs UK are dedicated to training assistance dogs to improve the quality of life for people with various medical conditions. They specialise in autism assistance dogs, seizure alert dogs for people with epilepsy and disability assistance dogs.

The charity have 70 working partnerships in the UK, with the same amount of puppies in training – ranging anywhere from 10 months to two years old. Diagnosed with autism as a toddler, Franklin Jordan, seven, can enjoy normal activities like going to the park thanks to his assistance dog, Thunda.

Franklin’s mother Jo Jordan, from Bolton, said: “He has made the most incredible difference to Franklin’s life. When Support Dogs said they had found a perfect match for Franklin, they weren’t kidding! The bond they have made so quickly is remarkable.”

Ambassador dog Burnsie at the ‘skipathon’ held at the Sheffield Students’ Union this week

Tess Thompson, the community fundraising manager at Support Dogs UK, said: “The money raised will allow us to support more people, to train more dogs and transform more lives.”

She said charity events are vital for Support Dogs UK as not only do they rely solely on donations, they also get people involved and allow more people aware about the work that they do.

The best way to help Support Dogs UK is to visit their website where they have information on sponsoring a dog, raising donations through a sponsored challenge or volunteering.

The boxing club is still accepting donations through a justgiving page here.

Written by Nadia Lincoln

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