A ST Helens gym owner who fought back from cancer is offering others who are battling the disease a helping hand.
Joe Paladino (pictured) has just completed the process of transforming his thriving Sutton Boxing Academy into a recognised charity.
The St Helens Reporter told two weeks ago how the former professional boxer, who is now firmly on the road to recovery from thyroid cancer, set up the charity with the aim of improving the health of people in St Helens.
His newly named Sutton Fire Fit Boxing Academy will charge adults £8.50 per month to use its gym, while under 11s use the boxing facilities for free.
The move has proved so popular dad-of-four Joe now wants to develop ways to use the gym to help others affected by cancer.
The 46-year-old, who kept goal for St Helens Town before managing them to one of their most successful seasons in recent years, said: “We’ve been really surprised by the amount of people who’ve responded to the £8.50 offer.
“Because of that I’ve decided that every time someone joins, we’ll donate 50p of their first month’s membership to Cancer Research.
“At the end of the year, that should be quite a tidy cheque we can hand over to Cancer Research.”
Joe is also planning to offer anyone affected by cancer free regular use of his gym facilities.
“I know from my own experience that when people are diagnosed with cancer, money can become a real issue,” said Joe.
“Basically, people shouldn’t have to worry about things like that. If we can do anything to help by giving people some free access to the gym, then I’ll do it.”
l Find out more details about Joe’s gym offer by calling on 07794 773004.