Charity match inspires NHS worker to become semi-professional boxer and trainer
An NHS worker discovered her love for boxing by taking part in a charity match and is now a semi-profeesional boxer training others in the sport.
Aimee Edwards, 32, from Fourth Avenue, Hove became ‘hooked on the buzz’ that being in the ring gave her and decided to help others to experience it too.
“I started boxing in 2015 because I was quite overweight and got myself into a bit of a slump,” she said.
The boxing events Aimee takes part in benefit cancer charity Cancer Research UK.
“I wanted to give back because cancer has affected my family quite a lot- My mum’s parents, Mary and Tom, passed away from cancer before I was born.,” Aimee said.
“My other nan, Margaret, also passed away in June from pancreatic cancer.”Now, the 32 year old’s commitment has seen her nominated for a charity award by the company behind the events, Ultra White Collar Boxing.
Ultra White Collar Boxing participants are given the opportunity to take part in eight weeks of free professional training before a showcase event in front of hundreds of spectators.
Those taking part are asked to sell tickets for the show and raise at least £50 for Cancer Research UK.
To date, Ultra Events has raised £20 million for the charity.
Aimee who works as an information governance manager in the NHS, said: “I did my first fight at the Grand Hotel and after I won I got the buzz. I was hooked.
“You can’t define the feeling, you want it again and again and again so I just carried on training.”
Ultra has created five award categories this year to showcase some of their most inspiring individuals: training location of the year, trainer of the year, outstanding achievement, inspiring participant of the year, and charity champion of the year.
She said she was thrilled to be nominated by other participants for the Outstanding Achievement award.
“I was so shocked when I got the email telling me I had been nominated. I just do it because I love it. I can’t put it into words how I feel.
“I want to thank everyone because I think it is important people are able to hear your gratitude.”
Each year thousands of people across the UK take part in Ultra Events to raise money for Cancer Research UK- events range from boxing, mixed martial arts, and ballroom, to comedy and darts.
For the upcoming Ultra event in Brighton, Miss Edwards will be leading the training, despite also having a full time job.
Aimee is also fighting on Satuday (December 7) in Liverpool to try and win the semi-pro middleweight title.
She said: “I have had 16 fights since I first competed in the Ultra event. I’ve only lost one and I’ve drawn three.
“Boxing really helps people with their mental health - some people come from a really dark place.
“It releases really good endorphins but it gives you a purpose and something to work towards. It gives you that time to forget everything else and just focus on the training.”
Winners of the Ultra awards will be announced on December 6.
For further information about Ultra events and how to get involved, visit this website.