Scott’s sleepout brings grand knockout boost for homeless

Lytham boxer Scott Cardle, his girlfriend Carlie Firth and father Joe taking part in the  Glasgow Sleep Out at Celtic Park

Lytham boxer Scott Cardle, his girlfriend Carlie Firth and father Joe taking part in the Glasgow Sleep Out at Celtic Park

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Lytham champion boxer Scott Cardle swapped the glitz and glamour of Monte Carlo for a night sleeping rough under the stars – all in the name of charity.

The big-hearted boxer took part in the annual Glasgow Sleep Out at Celtic Park stadium in aid of the Celtic FC Foundation.

Scott, his girlfriend Carlie Firth and father Joe joined 100 other hardy souls as they huddled together in freezing temperatures to raise money for the Foundation’s Christmas Appeal which helps the homeless and local families who face poverty and hardship.

Undefeated champion Scott had been due to fly out to Monte Carlo to watch his good friend Stephen Smith fight for a world title, but opted to stay in the UK to help a charity that is very close to his heart.

Scott said: “It was really hard work, a very cold eight hours but I’m so glad I did it. The Foundation was looking to raise more than £60,000 on the night through sponsorship to help homeless 
people.

“I would be lying if I didn’t say there was the odd moment when I thought to myself I could have been sunning myself in Monte Carlo, but I am delighted myself, Carlie and my dad were able to do our bit for such a wonderful cause.”

Although Fylde born and bred, Scott’s family hails from Scotland and Glasgow is a second home for the Celtic-obsessed boxer who has fervent support north of the border. Last month he defended his British title at Glasgow’s SSE Arena with a knockout win over Kevin Hooper.

Scott, Carlie and Joe’s efforts during Sunday’s Sleep Out saw the three of them raise more than £1,000.

Scott, 27, added: “I want to thank all those people here on the Fylde coast who sponsored the three of us. This money raised will make a difference to people’s lives.

“I am so glad we could do our bit… and think we’ve just about thawed out now!”

A spokesman for the Celtic Foundation said: “Celtic FC Foundation would like to thank each and every participant for their phenomenal efforts and all of those who supported them along the way.

“You have made a genuine difference to the lives of the most vulnerable in our community.

“The 100 participants have already raised a magnificent total in the region of £65,000. All funds raised will support our 2016 Christmas Appeal.”