Sheffield dad’s knockout boost for hospice charity

(L-R) David Clarkson, managing director of DBL Logistics, Sam O'Maison, Ryan Rhodes and Jeremy Spooner with seven-year-old Lara Spooner (centre).
(L-R) David Clarkson, managing director of DBL Logistics, Sam O'Maison, Ryan Rhodes and Jeremy Spooner with seven-year-old Lara Spooner (centre).

A big-hearted father proved his can punch above his weight when he took part in a charity boxing match in aid of his daughter who suffers from a rare brain condition.

Jeremy Spooner, aged 51, took on the Elite White Collar Boxing challenge, which sees rookies train for a fight in just eight weeks, to raise money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

The Hillsborough man was inspired to get in the ring by daughter Lara, aged seven, who suffers from Jouberts Syndrome, which means her brain is not properly formed and makes everyday life difficult.

Although beaten on points at the Magna Centre in Rotherham, Jeremy raised a few hundred pounds. He said: “The main thing was the training, participation and fundraising for a very worthy cause.”

He also thanked boxer Sam O’Maison for training him at ex-fighter Ryan Rhodes’ gym.