A fund started to set up a boxing club in memory of Mexborough boxing coach Mick Joyce will now be used to buy sports equipment for needy youngsters.
Big hearted regulars at the Bull’s Head pub helped boxing legend Tommy Joyce raise more than £2,500 to set up the Braveheart boxing gym in memory of his brother Mick, who died in May.
But Tommy’s hopes of installing a boxing ring and gym in Harrop Hall for aspiring young fighters in Mexborough were dashed when the building was sold on earlier this year.
Tommy told the Times: “Mick already had Harrop Hall painted out and had spent £1,000 on a ring. When Mick died we started fundraising and it would have cost us more than £4,000 just to get the electrics sorted. out.
“In the end we couldn’t go ahead because St John’s Ambulance sold the hall. So we are hoping to use the money to help buy sports and boxing equipment for children who can’t afford to buy their own.”
Landlady of the Bull’s Head pub, Patricia Cupitt, said: “All the regulars at the pub got behind Tommy’s campaign to get the gym set up and it was such a pity he was unable to achieve that.
“We had charity stalls, a sponsored barrow race and all kinds of fundraising events and we were proud to raise a total of £2,552.
“The money was raised in Mexborough and we want it to go towards the young people of Mexborough, to get the kids off the streets and doing something positive.
“If a sporty youngster can’t afford boots or shin pads or boxing equipment, our fund will be able to help them out.”