The gloves are on
Stephen Lee, Practice Manager at Stony Dental Practice, is taking on a new challenge this November to raise awareness and donations for Cancer Research UK. He is participating in an Ultra White Collar Boxing (UWCB) event. It’s an amateur boxing challenge designed to help individuals get fit and healthy while trying something new.
“I chose to do this event as I really wanted to raise money for Cancer Research,” Stephen says. “My family have been affected by this awful disease in the past and my fiancée’s family are currently facing it. I came across an advertisement for this UWCB event. As I have always had an interest in boxing, I thought, why not? It provides a way to raise money for the charity and do something that I will enjoy, while losing weight and getting fitter!
“I hope to make people aware of the different ways to enjoy raising money for Cancer Research. I am also aiming to encourage donations so that we can all help find a better cure.”
Getting in shape
In preparation for the big event, Stephen is being put through his paces with 8 weeks of training at his local boxing gym.
“Training has been really hard and tiring, but at the same time really enjoyable” he says. “There is a lot of HIIT [high intensity interval training] involved and I have seen my fitness improve massively in a short time. The greatest challenge for me is getting motivated to do extra work outside of the boxing to get as fit as possible. However, I have very supportive family and friends pushing me all the way. My brother is also taking part, which is a massive help as we try to compete to stay motivated.
Support from family and friends
“I have also received great support from colleagues at Rodericks. Some have donated to my JustGiving page and some have bought tickets to support me at the event. One of my dentists at Stony Dental Practice has kindly made me a new gum shield as well. This is a massive help as I don’t have to worry about my teeth being damaged! Most people appreciate that mouth guards are essential for contact sports at both amateur and professional level. However, few realise the benefit of seeking a device made by a dentist. I hope to promote the difference between a boil and bite mouth guard and one custom-made by a dental professional while doing this challenge.
“The practice has also sponsored me for the fight so I will have the Stony Dental Practice logo on my fight vest.”
A mouth guard made by a dentist affords the highest level of protection because it is created specifically for the individual’s mouth. In addition to minimising risk of damage to the teeth or soft tissue, this also improves comfort for the user. Getting this message out to more people will help ensure they stay safe when enjoying their sports.
Fight night approaches
Stephen’s fight night is on 30th November at The Park Inn, Northampton. He has set himself a target of £250 in donations, which anyone can contribute towards on his JustGiving page.
“I would like to thank everyone for the support I have received so far. I really hope I make everyone proud on the night! In addition, I would like to encourage people to continue to donate; no matter how small, every little donation contributes to finding a cure for cancer.”