Punches were thrown and blows landed for good causes in the presence of an ex-world heavyweight champion at Springfields Events and Conference Centre on Saturday.
David Haye was the special guest of Spalding and District Round Table at its annual boxing dinner where more than 500 guests enjoyed a three-course meal, prize auction, sparring demonstration and nine fights featuring Army and Police Clubs GB teams.
At least £10,000 was expected to have been raised for good causes across Spalding and South Holland from what was the Round Table’s 22nd boxing event.
Organiser Tom Bradshaw said: “I’ve had a lot of feedback from people who said how much they enjoyed themselves and we’ve already had a few requests from people to book tables for next year.
“David Haye was certainly the best speaker we’ve had in the four or five years that I’ve been doing the event, but it was also fantastic to show people what the Round Table does in keeping with our chairman’s aim this year which was to get our status a little better known within the town.
“Everyone said to me ‘how do you top (world heavyweight champion) Tyson Fury who we had last year?’
David Haye was certainly the best speaker we’ve had in the four or five years that I’ve been doing the eventTom Bradshaw, fundraising organiser, Spalding & District Round Table
“But it took a good eight months of hard work and a lot of events coming together to make the event what it was.”
Since its launch in 1995, the boxing dinner has raised more than £210,000 for community groups and charities in the town.
Last autumn, Spalding and District Round Table donated a minibus worth £9,500 to The Pennygate Foundation in Spalding to help people with dementia, mental health problems, learning needs and alcohol problems.
Tom said: “This year’s event looks like raising just over £10,000 which goes straight back into the local community.
“We do it because it’s for the good and the message we try to get across to people is that we do it in our own time.
“But it’s great to do something from our own free will that’s also good for your personal development as well.”