This North Shore mum is hoping to pack a real punch for a good cause.
For the next seven weeks, Sheree Coburn will be getting her gloves on and training hard – ready to compete in her first boxing match.
Sheree, who works for the Halifax, is taking part in the Ultra White Collar Boxing event, on July 5, at Village Heron’s Reach Hotel, in Blackpool.
She will be fighting to raise money for Cancer Research UK, a cause close to her heart.
The 37-year-old said: “I had seen it advertised and just enquired about it.
“I’ve always like the idea of that sort of training for fitness. I go the gym regularly and play sports.
“I fancied the idea of having a go, so I got in touch – and the next thing they told me was I had been selected to take part.
“I am a bit nervous about it as I’ve never boxed before, but there will be between six and eight women fighting on the night and none of them have fought before. It’s raising money for Cancer Research UK, which is a really good cause.
“I lost my grandad to prostate cancer and my nan has suffered with bowel cancer, as well as Alzheimer’s. I’ve got a lot of friends, too, whose families have been affected by cancer. Too many lives are taken away with this dreadful disease. Whatever money people can donate or help me raise would be brilliant. I’m also looking for any local businesses who could sponsor my vest for the fight, they would have their name on my top.”
Sheree, who has a seven-year-old daughter, is planning a series of challenges over the course of the next year, in aid of charity. She has started boxing lessons at Muay Thai Boxing in St Annes, and she regularly goes to fitness classes and trains in the gym at the Village Hotel, Heron’s Reach.
She said: “I’m doing the boxing in July, Tough Mudder in September, the Manchester to Blackpool bike ride in July, planning a triathlon for September, and hoping to do the London Marathon next April. I’ve also got another event lined up, with my workplace, for Children In Need, later this year. I just want to do something to challenge myself, to push my fitness and to raise money for good causes at the same time. It’s even inspired my daughter to want to do more sport and take up children’s boxing lessons. I recently set up my own business selling nutrition products, which I will be using to support me with all the physical training I will be doing.”
To find out more about white collar boxing or the Blackpool event, visit www.ultrawhitecollarboxing.co.uk. To support Sheree, visit www.justgiving.com/Sheree-Coburn or search on Facebook for Forever Young With Sheree.