Fighting funds for ‘Lifelites’.

Cumbria Freemasons in association with Kendal Amateur Boxing Club raise thousands of pounds at the 2020 Annual Provincial Boxing Charity Night, held on Friday, 28th February, at the Shepherds Inn, Carlisle in aid of ‘Lifelites’.

In an address featured in the official programme, the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Brother William John Bewley, said, “Welcome to the ‘2020 Charity Boxing Event’ which as well as raising money for charity, is providing an arena for our young boxers to show off skill and sportsmanship in their chosen sporting discipline.We are once again indebted to Alan Willoughby with organising the event with support from clubs in Cumbria, Lancashire, Manchester and Northumberland.The Cumberland and Westmorland Freemasons are once again thankful to the many sponsors and their generosity which has enabled the organising committee, to whom we are also indebted, to provide this evening of Boxing for the enjoyment of all and a warm welcome to tonight’s event. The proceeds of this evening will be donated to Lifelites. Lifelites provides all Children’s Hospices in England with equipment to enable those life limited children who cannot communicate because they cannot speak or move, with interactive eye operated equipment to enable them to do so. Lifting them from a dark uncommunicative world into an enlightened and happier one.”

One hundred and sixty four boxing enthusiast’s and diners were enthralled with the high level of skill and prowess displayed by the thirty contestants who took part in two skill bouts and thirteen official contests. In total twelve clubs from the Northwest were represented. Alan Willoughby Chief Coach of Kendal A.B.C. told me afterwards, that he had received positive feedback form all the clubs and that everyone had really enjoyed themselves, some of whom requesting rematches in some instances were decisions were very close. It is also worthy of note that Alan Willoughby is a member of Heversham Lodge No 8396 and a Past Master of the Lodge.

Chairman and event organiser Worshipful Brother Chris Gabbott thanks everyone for their attending, and their kind generosity in supporting the Annual Provincial Charity Boxing Night helping to raise money for children less fortunate. He also expressed his thanks to everyone who worked behind the scenes, the Organising Committee, The Shepherds Inn, the Boxing Officials, the Stewards and the Sponsors who all contributed in making the night a memorable one, for such a worthy cause.

Once again such fundraising activities shows what Freemasons do best, in recognising and supporting the needs of others, especially within our local communities.



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