Stowmarket colleagues get in the ring to join fight against cancer

Craig Daniels and Adam Pomphrett

Craig Daniels and Adam Pomphrett - Credit: Archant

Two Suffolk colleagues went to new blows to raise funds for Cancer Research recently by learning to box for the cause.

Employees at Barnards Volkswagen in Stowmarket, sales manager Craig Daniels and sales executive Adam Pomphrett underwent an intensive eight-week training programme to become a boxer for a day.

The experience was in aid of Cancer Research UK and was organised by Ultra White Collar Boxing.

However, what the pair, both 25, didn’t expect was to be pitted against each other by the event organisers, but despite being good friends gave it their all in front of a 450-strong crowd in Colchester.

The three-round contest ended in a draw and the pair raised £550.

Mr Daniels said: “In 2009 I lost my granddad to cancer and have always wanted to do something to help raise money for Cancer Research.

“When we saw this charity boxing event we signed up as it would be a bit of fun whilst doing something for a good cause.

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“We never thought for a second we would end up fighting each other.

“The eight weeks [of] training has been the hardest physical exercise I have ever had to do, and the final event was even more mentally and physically challenging. It was a great experience, but I don’t think I will be back in the ring any time soon.”

Mr Pomphrett added: “I don’t think anyone has to look far to find someone suffering with cancer, whether it be themselves or a loved one, so I jumped at the chance to help the cause.

“It was an amazing experience which not only raised a huge amount of money but was also a lot of fun. Both myself and Craig are very competitive so losing was not an option.”

Both intend to complete a Tough Mudder event next year to raise further funds.

Brand manager at Barnards Volkswagen, Trevor Pajak, said: “We are extremely proud of the commitment that Craig and Adam have shown in their efforts to raise money for Cancer Research.”

The scheme raised £2.5 million nationally.

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