Guests attending Charity Boxing Nights, held at The Hilton Deansgate Manchester Hotel on Saturday the 7th October were overwhelmed with a night of entertainment, thrills and delicious food and cocktails. The primary reason for the event being to raise money for St Mary’s New-born Intensive Care Unit meant there were moments in the night where there wasn’t a dry eye in the house; with a sensitive “Why We Fight” video and an emotional speech from Ric Moylan himself.
The event was created and managed by Ric Moylan and Connect In Events and warmly welcomed was special guest and boxing legend Frank Bruno! An array of guests filled the venue from some very high flying corporate tables to celebrity guests and family and friends of the fighters themselves – the atmosphere was buzzing to say the least! Among the crowd was familiar face Cath Tyldesley who has now supported Charity Boxing Nights for 2 years and spoken publically of her belief in the charity.
ANS Group continued their support for Ric and the event and were headline sponsors for a second year running; CEO of the company Paul Shannon even threw himself into the training and fought on the night.
Fourteen previously inexperienced fighters donned their gloves and battled one another in front of the 500 guests, who watched each fight with baited breath and a wave of cheering and applause. The fights ended in an incredibly pertinent way – with all fighters raising Ric up on their shoulders and spraying him with champagne, to celebrate the success of the night and show their gratitude to the man that’s made this happen.
The raffle and live auction featured a long list of exciting prizes, including a luxury holiday, a week’s stay at a residential fitness bootcamp, a personal training session with former world champion boxer Scott Quigg, Manchester Arena tickets, signed pictures and sporting memorabilia, a Manchester restaurant experience bundle and much more.
Funds raised will be of huge benefit to the New-born Intensive Care Unit. Ric, Connect In Events and all guests and supporters were jubilant with the success of the event. We cannot forget to mention the relentless hard work put in for the past 2 months by the fighters who each raised money on their personal Just Giving pages; as well as the blood, sweat and tears they quite literally put into training each week without fail.
Fighter prizes Fight of the night – Rob (The Machine) Howarth and Thomas (The Tank Engine) Winter Special Achievement Award – Paul (The Cannon) Shannon Most Improved Fighter – Antony (The Smooth Criminal) Smoothey
About St Mary’s New-born Intensive Care Unit The doctors, nurses, midwives and all staff on the New-born Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester perform amazing work each and every day, saving the lives and caring for new-born children who are extremely poorly and are in need of specialist care.
Ric Moylan spoke candidly:
“Charity Boxing Nights is to recognise these amazing people, raise some much needed money and show our appreciation for the phenomenal care that is provided each and every day. This charity is close to the hearts of myself and my family and continuing to support St Mary’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit is hugely important to me”.