Firefighters and police set for Battle of the Blue Lights

Firefighters and police officers will be going toe-to-toe this month for a fundraising boxing night to raise money for charity.

Amateur boxers from Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) and Avon and Somerset Constabulary will be taking part in a series of licensed bouts to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity, the Police Benevolent Fund and Royal Marines, 40 Commando.

Fighters from both organisations have been in the gym in recent months to get in shape for the Battle of the Blue Lights which takes place at the Bristol Marriot Hotel on Friday 28 January.

On the night the teams from AF&RS and Avon and Somerset Police will be competing for the Blue Light Trophy which has been donated by Bristol Blue Glass SW.

Station Manager Derrick Hone, who is organising the sell-out event for AF&RS said: “We have received great support from external sponsors whose willingness to support the charities has been overwhelming. The night is being funded entirely by sponsors and ticket sales so I’m grateful to everyone that has show their support.

“The work of all the charities is vital as they provide support and assistance to injured and retired police officers and firefighters.”

In December former WBC and WBA heavyweight champion Tim Witherspoon was in Bristol to meet firefighters from AF&RS to discuss tactics and offer support. The retired boxer also signed a pair of gloves and shorts which will be one of the lots in a charity auction being run on the night by former England and British Lions rugby player Gareth Chilcott.

Other celebrity guests include Jane Couch, Richie Woodhall, Glen Catley and Jeremy Guscott. All tickets for the event have been sold.