He will be taking part in the Ultra White Collar Boxing Event at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Chesterfield on Sunday November 26.
To prepare for the big fight, Joe has been boxing three times a week since October 1 and regularly visiting the gym and playing football to ensure he is in tip top form on the night. He has stuck to a strict, alcohol-free diet throughout which, he said, “has been as painful as any of the punches faced in training”.
Explaining why he has decided to brave the ring, he commented: “It’s a terrible idea but it’s for a really good cause. Of course, it’s not completely selfless; I’ve always fancied having a go at boxing and it’s a great way to get fit. So why not raise money for charity whilst fulfilling an ambition?”
Joe is hoping to raise funds for both Cancer Research UK and Beat SCAD. The latter is a patient-led charity that aims to support SCAD patients and their families, raise awareness of SCAD and raise funds for research into the condition.
SCAD (Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection) is an under-diagnosed heart condition that can’t be predicted or prevented. It affects people with few or none of the normal risk factors for heart disease. SCAD recently took the life of a close friend of Joe’s family, which is why he wants to raise money for the Beat SCAD charity.
If you would like to donate to Beat SCAD, Cancer Research UK or both, the links for Joe’s Fundraising pages are below:
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/joseph-pilkington – Cancer Research UK