Murton Grange’s Tony Foster is determined to hit his fundraising goals this year – by participating in a charity boxing match.

The Deputy Home Manager will follow an eight-week group boxing regime ahead of the fight, where he’ll be pitted against another boxer in the group. In his last match, Tony emerged victorious.

After Swanton announced that Happy Days would be their charity partner for another 12 months, Tony decided to donate the funds he raised to them. Happy Days is a charity close to Tony’s heart as his loved ones have benefitted from the work they do.

Tony said: “Children need services like Happy Days. My best friend’s sister has an autistic son who is five, and he’s received support from them to go on some great days out.

“I’ve already started getting ready for the match by boxing a few days a week, cycling four miles to and from work and keeping away from white carbs in my diet.”

The match itself will take place on 14th March at a black-tie event at the Rainton Meadows Arena, Durham. The event is run by Premier White Collar Boxing and Tony hopes that his Swanton colleagues will be there to cheer him on.

Tony added: “It’d be great to have their support and to raise plenty of money for Happy Days.

“I won’t find out who my opponent is until the week before the match, but I’m not too worried. I hope I win, but if I don’t, at least I’ll know I’ve raised money for a good cause.

“I’ve just completed a university course on Positive Behaviour Support, so I fully understand that children with complex needs get so much joy from organisations like Happy Days.

“I’m proud to represent them in the boxing ring!”