Teenagers at Heanor Gate Science College complete 24-hour fundraising drive for sick two-year-old girl Abbey Fenton
MORE than 1,000 teenagers have joined Derbyshire police officers to complete a 24-hour ‘OzBoxathon’ to raise money for a seriously ill little girl.
The event started at Heanor Gate Science College at 9.20am yesterday.
Sessions also took place at primary schools in the area.
OzBox is a non-contact boxing-based fitness scheme run by Derbyshire police.
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The OzBoxathon was held to raise money for treatment for a two-year-old girl from Ilkeston, Abbey Fenton, who is suffering from a brain tumour.
Her mum has created the charitable Saving Abbey Fund to generate money to support the paediatric ward at the Queen’s Medical Centre where Abbey is receiving treatment.
The money raised will be used to buy essential equipment to help Abbey and children with similar conditions.
The idea for the marathon event came from pupils and staff at Heanor Gate Science College when they heard about Abbey’s plight.
Pupils aged eight and over took part in the OzBoxathon throughout the school day with trained instructors running the sessions, including off duty police officers and volunteers.
After school closing time, the event was opened to staff, parents and relatives at different times throughout the evening.
The night sessions from 9.30pm to 9.20am were open to trained sports leaders only.
Speaking before the event, head teacher Rob Howard said: “We always aim to be involved in our local community wherever there is a need.
"We feel honoured to be able to help with such a cause as this, the Ozboxathon will be a unique and fun way for our whole community to support Abbey and children with similar conditions.”
OzBox founder Steve Osbaldeston added: “When the school asked us to get involved in raising money for such a worthy cause we jumped at the chance.
“OzBox is about helping people. The pupils will be taking part in something fun and challenging that is also helping to raise vital funds for a very sick little girl.”
Derbyshire County Council and Derbyshire Police teamed up to extend the successful OzBox project with the launch of five new gyms across Derbyshire in Alfreton, Creswell, Fairfield, Long Eaton and thanks to £462,000 county council funding.
Community-based outreach sessions, and sessions in schools, are also offered as part of the scheme so as many young people as possible can take part.
Councillor Barry Lewis, Derbyshire County Cabinet Member for Young People, said: “I’m delighted OzBox is being used to help Abbey and that young people taking part can enjoy doing something positive to raise money for her.
“The OzBox scheme is a knock-out way of giving young people the chance to make friends, learn skills and be a part of something fun and exciting and now this event is targeting it to do tremendous good in the community.”