An Ellesmere Port boxing club which refused to throw in the towel has won the toughest fight in its history.
Wirral CP Boxing Club faced the prospect of becoming homeless earlier this year when the owners of the property where their gym is based on Station Road, Little Sutton, decided they wanted to sell it.
But the boxers came out fighting and, thanks to a fundraising campaign over the last nine months, they have raised the £80,000 required to buy the gym.
Fighters were joined by their friends and families in a series of events to raise funds, including abseiling down a lighthouse, packing shopping in supermarkets, taking part in fun runs, bike rides, swimming lakes, jumping out of planes and spending a weekend sat in a bath full of baked beans.
In addition, 20 club members successfully completed the gruelling Three Peaks Challenge, tackling the highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland.
Peter Phelan, chairman of the club, said: “To witness the commitment of our members, and the generosity of family, friends and the public during our campaign has been an inspiring and humbling experience, and highlights the importance of this club to the community.”
The club was given until this month to raise the money required.
They became a registered charity and have reached their target before the final bell sounded on the club, which was formerly known as Vauxhall Motors ABC and has been in existence for 35 years.
Local businesses and organisations also chipped in with donations. However, amid the celebrations, Phelan added a note of caution.
He said: “Although we have secured our future in the short term, we continually need to raise funds to meet the day-to-day running costs of the club to guarantee our long-term future, which is why we are appealing to potential sponsors and the local business community to help in any way they can.”
Anyone wishing to support the club can contact Peter Phelan on 07971 476605 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.