World-ranked Thomas Patrick Ward is preparing for a 30-mile walk in full PPE equipment to raise money for the fight against COVID19.
The Durham super-bantamweight (29-0) will make the gruelling trek from Stanhope to West Rainton on May 3 wearing the gear to emulate a shift for the NHS workers doing so much to combat the coronavirus.
Ward, who has already donated large amounts of food to Durham Area Youth and other charities to support families unable to obtain sustenance, said: “The NHS is doing amazing things.
“These frontline workers are working so hard to keep people safe and they’re at risk of catching the virus themselves but they’re choosing to fight the battle. Fair play to them.
“These workers deserve everything. We need to get behind them and support them because what they’re doing is for everyone.
“This is for the NHS and for people less fortunate, the elderly and the vulnerable. We’re walking 30 miles and it should take about 8 or 10 hours.
“This is the equivalent of a doctor or nurse’s shift, walking back and forth all day on their shifts wearing this gear. They’re doing fantastically well and this is for a good cause.”
While Ward is eager to resume his unbeaten career and secure a hard-earned world title shot, he highlights the importance of patience being a priority amid the global pandemic.
Ward added: “Obviously everyone is missing boxing but the main thing to do now is to stay healthy and stay safe.
“Of course, I love boxing and I’m missing it. Not being able to do it makes you realise how much it means to you and I can’t wait for things to return to normal. The main thing is for everyone to stay safe, though.”
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