At Diversity Travel, we work with hundreds of charity and not-for-profit clients to ensure that they can travel safely and efficiently to wherever they need to be in the world. Our experience working with such companies allows us to have a deep understanding of the hard work and effort that these organisations invest to make a difference in the world, and it’s important for our company to align with these values and give back to the wider community whenever possible.
We try to help by undertaking charity and fundraising activities at both an individual and organisational level. Many of our staff undertake charity work and we support clients where we can with donations of time and money.
Connor Hulse, one of Diversity Travel’s Online Solutions Executives, recently announced that he will be taking part in the UWCB charity boxing event to raise money for Cancer Research UK. The charity is the largest independent funder of cancer research globally and relies entirely on donations. We caught up with Connor to ask him more about the challenge…
Why have you decided to take part in the charity boxing match?
The main reason is because I lost my grandmother, who raised me as a teenager. She was told she had bowel cancer and passed away two months later. I always try to do my part for Cancer Research UK because of what happened. The reason I decided to do boxing to raise money is because it’s entirely out of my comfort zone. I have never been involved in any fighting sports and I have no experience performing in front of large crowds!
How long have you been training for?
I have been training for my fight since the start of October. I attend two professional training sessions each week and two personal sessions. Whenever I get the free time, chances are that I’m boxing!
How are you finding boxing?
I’m loving it – it’s done a lot for me both physically and mentally. I only started watching it this year and fell in love with the sport instantly. The training is very hard, but they push you to go to lengths you never thought you could reach. I would recommend it to anyone.
“The training is very hard, but they push you to go to lengths you never thought you could reach. I would recommend it to anyone.”
What keeps you motivated during training?
My motivation for training is being competitive. The outcome of the fight doesn’t really matter as the main focus is fundraising – but if I have to get in the ring with someone, I’m going to want to win. This helps me stay focused in training and makes me push myself a lot harder.
How are you feeling about it?
Honestly, I’m getting more and more nervous as the date comes closer! Not for the fight itself, but more because of the amount of people that’ll be watching. I don’t do well in large crowds, so this is my main worry. I am confident I will do well in the fight, regardless of whether I win or lose.
When and where will the event take place?
The UWCB boxing event will be taking place on the 14th December at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Manchester. The doors open at 17:30 for the event.
Are tickets still available for the match?
Tickets are still available to watch the fight and can be purchased at £20 for standing, or a VIP table can be booked for groups. The website will ask who you are supporting and anyone who types in my name adds to my fundraiser.
How can people donate/show support?
I’m grateful to Diversity Travel for donating £75 to the cause already, but everyone can show support in many different ways, however big or small. You can:
- Help raise awareness about the fundraiser (sharing on social media, with friends/family, etc.)
- Donations go a long way!
- Purchasing tickets for the event
Thank you to everyone who has supported me so far! If you wish to make a donation or share the page, you can visit my JustGiving page.
I’m sure everyone will join us in wishing Connor luck in his challenge!