St Ann’s Hospice nurse Caroline Pollitt pulled on her boxing gloves to raise money for the south Manchester charity.
Caroline, who works in the Day Therapy Unit, is usually gentle and caring, took part in a boxing match after eight weeks of intensive training with White Collar Fighter.
“I’d never boxed before, this was the first time I’d ever tried it,” she said. “I knew I wanted to raise some money for St Ann’s and do something different than the norm.
“I was out of my comfort zone and the majority of people I told didn’t think I could do it, but I wanted to do something brave to honour our patients. They are all so brave and I wanted to recognise their struggle.
“The night itself was fantastic, but it was also the scariest thing I’ve ever done. The match was a draw and it really pushed me, but I was so proud to have raised £1,800 for St Ann’s.”
Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive at St Ann’s, said: “Caroline really went the extra mile to support the hospice and help our patients, and we’re enormously grateful to her.
“At St Ann’s we pride ourselves on doing all we can for our patients, and our supporters are always going to great lengths to help us, too. That’s what inspired our newest fundraising appeal – Go the Extra Mile.
“During January you can choose your own distance, set your own timeframe, and decide whether you’d rather walk, swim, run or cycle. Anything goes so if you’d like to hop, skip or space hopper your way through the month, that’s fine too.
“This challenge is a great way to kick start the new year, whilst benefiting our patients and their loved ones too.”