horwich farrelly

Head of Operations delivers knockout performance for Shelter

July, 25, 2018

Horwich Farrelly’s Head of Operations of London, Laura Fanning, has raised more than £1,000 for Shelter after taking part in her first ever white collar boxing match.

Boxing super fan Laura, who is based in the firm’s City of London office, had wanted to get into boxing for some time however had been unable to find a local programme open to women until earlier this year.

Laura Fanning prepares for the bout

After discovering an initiative called Fight Skool, Laura signed up to a 10 week intensive training course designed to prepare her for the ultimate adrenalin and fitness challenge of entering the boxing ring for a white collar fight.

Laura, who has previously supported a number of homelessness initiatives, set herself a target to raise £600 for Shelter, a charity campaigning to end homelessness and bad housing in England and Wales.

During the training programme Laura was taught the basics of footwork, timing, reach, stance, defence, positioning and reading your opponent. Whilst Laura was making good progress through the programme she was dealt a blow to her training after suffering an ankle injury which took her out of action for approximately three weeks.

Laura Fanning montage

Fortunately, she was able to manage the injury and was fully prepared to enter the ring on Sunday 22 July at the Clapham Grand where the tournament was taking place.

Laura narrowly lost her fight by just a single point after three two-minute rounds. However, given she was matched against a much more experienced opponent – which was only revealed at the previous day’s weigh-in – is a very respectable result. What’s more Laura smashed her goal with more than £1,000 raised to date for Shelter.

Speaking after the fight, Laura said “The whole experience was incredibly rewarding both in terms of the sense of achievement from taking on something so intimidating, and also helping to support such a worthwhile cause.

“Whilst it might look like you just get in a ring and throw a few punches there is so much more to master. However, after completing the training programme and taking part in my first white collar fight I have well and truly got the boxing bug, and am already looking at entering a tournament later in the year where I’ll be matched against even more experienced opponents.”

Laura Fanning pictured at the weigh in

Shelter was selected by employees as Horwich Farrelly’s charity of 2018 earlier this year. Recent fundrasing initiatives saw colleagues take part in the Great Manchester Run and Vertical Rush. Now, thanks to Laura’s efforts – and the generous support of her friends, family and colleagues – the total amount raised by the firm this year stands in excess of £10,000.

With a number of initiatives to take place over the coming months – including a Manchester-based colleague planning to cycle 480km from London to Paris, and a team in Cardiff running a 10k in the Welsh capital – the firm is on course to hit the £15,000 target set in January.

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