A teenage boxer from Burnley has raised a knockout £500 for a local charity after hitting a heavy punch bag for a staggering six hours and 45 minutes.
Henry Watkins (19) achieved the remarkable feat on Saturday when he spent 100 consecutive three-minute rounds hitting the punch bag, with only a one minute rest between each round.
All the money raised was donated to Hayley’s Hugs, a charity set up in memory of Hayley Barker who died in October 2013 aged just 17 after a long battle against leukaemia.
Henry, who had close connections with Hayley, says despite the sore muscles he feels great after raising the money.
“I’m just glad I was able to make a difference,” he said. “Towards the end it was difficult to push on and keep the pace up as each punch was really hurting my knuckles, hands, and forearms.”
“In terms of endurance I was fine, but my knuckles were sore and some of my muscles are still aching now.
In terms of endurance I was fine, but my knuckles were sore and some of my muscles are still aching nowHenry Watkins
“I’d just like to thank Xercise4Less as well, they really helped me with letting me have the event there and they even put a poster up which raised awareness of what I was doing.”
Ciara Leaver, a trustee at Hayley’s Hugs, revealed that Henry also plans to visit local hospitals this Christmas to see first hand the difference the money he raised will make.
“He is such an inspirational young man, we are so grateful to him and all those that sponsored him.” Said Ciara.
“We greatly appreciate and admire Henry for what he has done for Hayley’s Hugs and thank him so much for raising such an amazing amount of money for us.
“We stayed and supported Henry through his 100 Rounds, and witnessed pure determination and hard work.”