When the Attlee Centre in East London wanted to offer young people in the area a weekly boxing session, they applied to Variety for funding for boxing gloves, pads and skipping ropes.

Variety was able to help using funds raised by the Stonegate Pub Company. Their Area Manager together with the Manager of The Alice Pub in Aldgate presented the donated boxing equipment to a group of young people at the Attlee Centre.

Dan Castle, Area Manager at Stonegate Pub Company said:

“Variety is a great charity and it was brilliant to see how the fundraising converts into ways of helping young people.”

Refeia Begum, Youth Development Worker, The Attlee Centre said:

“Young people in Attlee Centre have been training really hard at boxing and have had a difficult time with managing anger and anti-social behaviour.

Since we have the boxing sessions open to 13-18yrs olds, we have received a good response from young people. Boxing is helping them to be more disciplined, focused, staying fit, healthy and keeping them off the streets.

Young people are able to take part in sparring and practice with gloves and pads thanks to Variety and Stonegate Pub Company.”

The Attlee Centre is based in Spitalfields & Banglatown ward in Tower Hamlets, which is one of the most deprived wards of the Borough and itself is ranked 7th most deprived out of 326 local authorities and districts in England.

For further information about how the Stonegate Pub Company is supporting Variety contact: colleen.ettridge@variety.org.uk