Boxing Ring event fundraiser

Boxing Ring Event Fundraiser

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 was one of dedication, service, and a commitment to making a difference. As he stepped into the boxing ring at the UWCB event at Chester Racecourse on March 16, 2024, he not only aimed 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 began 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, shared 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 intensified his training, dedicating 5 to 6 sessions per week, each lasting 1 1/2 to 2 hours. He worked with a local trainer and had recently joined Deeside Fight Club, where rigorous training sessions twice a week pushed him to his limits. He admitted that the experience was the toughest since his P company training, showcasing his determination and resilience.

Despite the physical and mental challenges, Phil viewed the entire journey as an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of veterans. He recognized the struggles many faced and believed that if his efforts could positively impact just one veteran, then the entire endeavor would be worthwhile.

Phil’s journey

We are so proud to share that Phil’s fundraising efforts were met with overwhelming support from his community and beyond. Through his Just Giving page and various fundraising events, Phil raised an impressive total of £1494 and a further £300 worth of Gift Aid.

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