Local boxing club knocked out by company's donation
Published by Craig Downs for Keepmoat in Housing and also in Communities
Mandy Stephenson with her son, Miles (boxing club member) pictured with Kevin Price (flooring contractor) and Gary Ingham (Keepmoat Site Manager) outside the Far Cotton Amateur Boxing Club
A Northampton amateur boxing club is praising the generosity of a local contractor after it donated new flooring for the building.
Housing and regeneration specialist, Keepmoat has donated new carpets and vinyl flooring to the Far Cotton Amateur Boxing Club in Northampton after members approached the company for help.
The club, which has been established for over eight years, needed a makeover to freshen it up as it was starting to look tired and old and Keepmoat was only too happy to get involved when it heard of the club’s request.
Keepmoat has been carrying out improvements to homes in the Briar Hill, Camp Hill, Far Cotton, Kingsthorpe and Delepre areas of the town on behalf of Northampton Borough Council.
The works, which include the installation of new kitchens, bathrooms, boiler replacements, windows and doors and full electrical re-wires is to bring all homes up to the Government’s Decent Homes Standard.
Keepmoat was installing a new kitchen and bathroom in the home of local resident Mandy Stephenson from Gloucester Crescent. Mandy, who is Chair of the Boys Club at the boxing club, asked her resident liaison officer Barbara Davies about the possibility of Keepmoat helping out. Before long, Barbara had arranged for new flooring to be installed in the reception area and toilets of the club.
Mandy said: “I can’t thank Keepmoat enough and on behalf of everyone at the club, I would like to say thank you. I arranged for the reception area to be painted and Keepmoat donated the carpets so it looks much cleaner and tidier. The reception is the first thing you see as you walk through the door so a nice clean looking reception gives off a good first impression.”
Barbara said: “We are pleased that we have been able to help the club which is in the heart of this local community. We always aim to engage with members of the communities in which we work and this project allowed us to do that.
“The works that we undertake in people’s homes can cause a lot of upheaval and disruption so I think it is nice that we have been able to help the club and give something back to the community.”
The club, which includes up to 100 amateur boxers aged from 11-35 years old, is hosting a home show on Friday November, 2 and amateur boxers from all over the country will be attending.
Mandy continued: “It’s great that the work has been carried out in time for the show in November but it is now also an ideal place for local people to drop by and participate in the sport as opposed to hanging around the streets.”