From Military Service to the Boxing Ring: A Tree Surgeon’s Journey to Make a Difference
Meet Phil Stevens, a self-employed tree surgeon from Prestatyn. His story is one of dedication, service, and a commitment to making a difference. As he steps into the boxing ring at the UWCB event at Chester Racecourse on March 16, 2024, he not only aims to test his mettle but also to raise funds for a cause close to his heart – Woody’s Lodge.
How it began
Phil’s journey begins with a sense of duty, as he joined the Royal Signals straight after school. Trained as an RS operator, he embarked on a globe-trotting adventure, traversing the jungles of Belize, the vast prairies of Canada, and facing the harsh environments of Iraq. His military career reached new heights when he completed P company, earning him the prestigious Maroon beret and wings – a feat he still proudly holds close.
After his military service, Phil returned to civilian life as a self-employed tree surgeon, working diligently in Prestatyn. His wife, the head of year at the local high school, shares in his commitment to community and service.
Phil’s noble cause
His journey into the boxing world began as a spectator, attending WCBC nights and being inspired by the possibility of stepping into the ring while supporting a charitable cause. The moment he discovered he could raise funds for Woody’s Lodge, Phil knew he had found the perfect opportunity to give back to fellow veterans.
He has intensified his training, dedicating 5 to 6 sessions per week, each lasting 1 1/2 to 2 hours. He works with a local trainer and has recently joined Deeside Fight Club, where rigorous training sessions twice a week push him to his limits. He admits that the experience is the toughest since his P company training, showcasing his determination and resilience.
Despite the physical and mental challenges, Phil views the entire journey as an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of veterans. He recognizes the struggles many face and believes that if his efforts can positively impact just one veteran, then the entire endeavor will be worthwhile.
Join us in supporting Phil’s journey
As Phil steps into the boxing ring at the UWCB event, he carries with him not just the spirit of a warrior from his military days but also the heart of a compassionate individual eager to contribute to the well-being of his fellow veterans. Join us in supporting Phil’s journey as he fights not only for victory in the ring but also for a cause that matters deeply to him and countless others – the well-being of our veterans through Woody’s Lodge.
If you would like to sponsor Phil please seek out his Just Giving page