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Shaun packs a punch for charity

LOCAL man, Shaun Takle, is fighting in a charity boxing match to raise money for Frome charity, Positive Action on Cancer. 

Shaun, who will be boxing for the first time, is raising money for PAC in memory of his girlfriend’s grandad who died in March this year.

Shaun said, “I’m 43 years old and never boxed before and probably won’t do it again. I’m dedicating the fight to Ronald Biggs who we lost to cancer in March. His death has left his family and friends devastated. Ron was 96 when he died and despite beating throat cancer 30 years ago, he was fit and healthy and lived on his own.

“But one night he was taken to hospital because he was in quite a bit of pain. We didn’t worry too much because he had always been so healthy, but sadly four days later Rob passed away. He had a cancerous tumour that no-one knew about.

“Cancer has no friends and is such a destructive disease. But with the help of charities like PAC, people can get the support they need. They provide amazing counselling to help families deal with the devastation cancer causes.

“I’ve been training with Frome professional boxer, Ryan Wheeler, who kindly donated one-to-one boxing training for 12 weeks. A special thank you to him and Elevation Boxing Academy head coach Jacob J Lewis for training me for the fight.”

The fight is at Frome Town Football Club, on Sunday 30th August. Visit Shaun’s fundraising page for more information and to donate