Famous boxing club gets makeover

Radio 1 DJ Reggie Yates at Lowe House boxing club, St Helens
Radio 1 DJ Reggie Yates at Lowe House boxing club, St Helens

A FAMOUS St Helens boxing club is now fighting fit again after a much-needed makeover.

In years gone by Lowe House Boxing Club was a home-from-home for the likes of former British bantamweight world champion Gary Davies and middleweight maestro Martin Murray – who is due to fight for a world title next month.

But, in recent years, the Halefield Street club had become something of an eyesore and was in dire need of a spruce-up.

So Helena Partnerships, in conjunction with Forrest Contractors, set about smartening up the club to give it a new lease of life.

And TV presenter and Radio 1 DJ Reggie Yates even turned up to check out the end result!

Lowe House head coach Kev Bacon said: “We’re certainly grateful for everything that’s been done as the club was starting to look like an eyesore from the outside.

“Now it looks fantastic and we’ve had a great response from our neighbours, who are really impressed with how it looks.”

Craig Fletcher, Helena’s project officer for young people, helped pull together scores of young volunteers and, along with other Helena staff, rolled up his sleeves to get stuck in with some painting.

He said: “The club looks so much better now and it’s a testament to team work that this project was a great success.

“We’d like to thank Forrest for their generosity, while the young people who took time to paint the club must also be praised for the wonderful job they’ve done.”

Forrest’s operations director Mark Crofton said: “We’ve worked in partnership with Helena for a number of years and are always looking to support community projects like this. We are delighted to have been able to help an esteemed boxing club with a proud tradition of turning out great fighters.”