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We are proud to be supporting Empire Fighting Chance, a local charity born on Bristol’s streets to fight the impact of deprivation on young people’s lives. During these difficult times, there’s no stopping them. Here’s a little something from their team on how they’re changing lives through fundraising! Lets get involved!

We are Empire Fighting Chance, Rising from the Empire Amateur Boxing Club in inner city Bristol, we have grown to become a regional charity using a pioneering approach that harnesses the power of boxing.

We exploit boxing’s grittiness to attract young people and use gaps between physical activities to inspire changes in how they think and behave. Young people do not access a ‘service’ but participate in sport and gain support in ways that feel natural. As a result, they turn up, trust us, and make changes in their lives.

Most of the young people whom we see live in poverty, poor housing, and workless households. Exposed to toxic living conditions, they experience anger, anxiety, depression, and other behavioural and emotional distress. Often, their mood is expressed in ways that can lead them into trouble - many have been excluded from school or involved in criminal behaviour. Most arrive at our doors after a series of failed interventions and are heading towards a life of poor health, unemployment and even prison.

Despite the chronic adversity that they face, we have yet to meet a young person who does not have strengths to build on to make positive changes in their lives.

We have been selected for “The Big Give” which is an incredible opportunity for us, as any donation made via our Big Give link during 1st - 8th December, will be doubled by The Big Give’s Trusts up to £10,000. This means if we can raise £10,000 during the week, we actually raise £20,000!!

This year has proven extremely tough for the young people we support, and we are the busiest we have ever been. With this increase in demand of our delivery, and a very restrictive year of fundraising, this is a glimmer of hope that will ensure EFC is going to be able to help even more young people who need us.

£20,000 could fund 40 new young people a place on our 1:1 20-week boxing therapy program. This is a life changing opportunity to a young person struggling with their mental health, at a time when waiting lists for help are months and months long.

If you want to ‘Double Your Impact’ this Christmas, we have lots of ways you can get virtually involved:

Tuesday 1st December - #GivingTuesday – We need our story and this amazing fundraising opportunity shared far and wide! It would be great if you could share our posts across your channels and with your networks! Every single donation made via our online donation link will be doubled!!

Thursday 3rd December – The Virtual Quiz! – We would like to host virtual teams of up to 6 taking part from your home, work, or a place of your choice. Included in the Virtual Quiz Package will also be a physical hamper for you and your team to enjoy, providing lots of treats to ensure this is no ordinary Zoom Quiz.

Monday 7th December - The World’s Biggest Virtual BoxFit - Join us for the unofficial world record setting biggest Boxfit Ever! Hosted by a boxing champion, for people of all ages and all abilities, get a flavour for the Empire Fighting Chance magic for the whole family!

Please click this link to hear more about the ‘Double Your Impact’ campaign or email emily@empirefightinghchance.org to sign up to any of the virtual events!

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