4:09 PM April 9, 2022
A Norwich air ambulance pilot has decided to pick up a pair of boxing gloves to raise money for charity after his mother was diagnosed with cancer.
Seb Powderham, 27, from the East Anglian Air Ambulance, was inspired to find a way to help raise funds after mum Tess, 59, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Mr Powderham, of Rose Lane, Norwich, signed up for Ultra White Collar Boxing (UWCB) and was given the opportunity to take part in eight weeks of free professional boxing training before a showcase event in front of hundreds of spectators.
After training, Mr Powderham took part in an event at EPIC Studios, Norwich and won his fight, raising a total of £1,429 for Cancer Research UK.
Mr Powderham said: “I recently got into boxing as a way to get fit and thought I would give it a try.
“Getting out and doing fitness is always great. It’s great to get out after a shift and let off steam. It can be quite stressful at times, but I work with a great team and everyone supports each other.
“I chose boxing to relieve stress in the first place. But I love my job – it’s great.”
Mr Powderham trained for his fight at Elite Gym, Norwich, with Polish boxer Jakub Adamski.
The Townsman was delighted to raise over £1,400 for the charity and received even better news about his mum’s condition.
He added: “It’s something I had been thinking about for a little while but I didn’t think it would be something so easy to understand.
“My mum is doing great now, and incredibly, she’s in complete remission.”
His mother, who lives in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, was unable to attend the fight, but her friends in the town drove for four hours to cheer her on and celebrated with an after party.
So far Ultra Events – the company behind UWCB – has raised a total of £23m for Cancer Research UK.
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