From Marbella to Grantham, hard-hitting WBO Inter-Continental light-welterweight champion, Bradley Saunders flew in from Spain exclusively to participate in The Naomi Fund 2014 charity event to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
The event was held at Belton Woods Hotel in Grantham with a total number of 200 guests in attendance. The power-punching boxing star, originally from County Durham, was a big hit with the guests, spending all night signing autographs, posing for photos and actively taking part in an auction to help raise money.
The aforementioned auction helped to raise in excess of £4000 with the star item fetching a whopping £1700 – a pair of Carl Froch autographed gloves. As well as the boxing star from Sedgefield in attendance, legendary middleweight boxer, Herol ‘Bomber’ Graham was there too, generally acknowledged as one of the best British boxers of all-time never to be crowned world champion.
Also appearing was Jimmi Harkishin, otherwise known as Dev Alahan from Coronation Street. Founders, Dean and Michelle Fardell had set up The Naomi Fund after losing their three-year-old daughter cared for by Great Ormond Street Hospital after it was discovered that she had severe congenital heart defects.
Long-standing friend, Ben Benbow suggested hosting a charity ball event to help to raise money in Naomi’s memory and 14 years on it continues to get grow in numbers with an extensive waiting list in place for people wishing to attend.
Back in his Spanish home in Marbella, Saunders reflected on the event, “I was pleased to be invited, anything that I can do for charity, I’ll do. Can’t wait to go back next year and help out again.”
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Bradley would like to thank his sponsors; webuyanyhouse.com, ESRG Marketing, his trainer Seamus Macklin and his team at the MGM Gym Marbella, plus his manager, Daniel Kinahan and PR Manager, Tim Rickson.