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Mum of three Andrea climbs into a boxing ring for charity

Marsh woman dons gloves to help her daughter Maisie

She describes herself as “an overweight mum of three”.

Which is hardly the build-up you want to herald the entrance into a boxing ring.

But Huddersfield woman Andrea Burnand is doing just that in a bid to help children like her own daughter Maisie.

She has signed up for an eight-week training programme in preparation for a charity boxing night next month.

It didn’t go quite as expected; her first step into the ring saw her paired with a 25-year-old personal fitness trainer, hence the “overweight mum” comments.

But as Andrea, 49, says: “I gave as good as I got and I got a good few shots in there”.

Andrea, of Marsh, is in training for the charity women’s boxing match on May 14 and is raising funds for Cerebral Palsy Sport and for cancer research.

Her daughter, Maisie, 15, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at a few months old. She has left sided paralysis, epilepsy, speech and language difficulties and also mental health issues.

Andrea Burnand of Marsh who is taking part in Pink Collar boxing event at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield - with daughter Maisie who has Cerebral Palsy.

Her development has been impaired but she has struggled on and found a lot of enjoyment swimming and has regularly taken part in Cerebral Palsy Sport swimming events.

Maisie qualified to compete at an international level last year but sadly has not been in the best of health since. She had to have surgery on her arm two weeks ago.

She returned to swimming this year and won a silver medal at the Cerebral Palsy Sport National Swimming Championships which took place on April 3.

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Andrea said; “My daughter has benefited enormously from being involved in swimming. It has given her some confidence and self esteem which she finds so hard to achieve elsewhere.

“She attends a mainstream school with a statement but is often bullied by girls her own age. CP Sport gave her a lifeline and an interest in becoming a disabled swimming coach in the future too.”

Andrea’ husband Trevor Commons is a strength and conditioning coach and is backing her training regime. “But he thinks I’ve lost my marbles,” laughed Andrea, who is also mum to Jessica, 18, and Arran, 14.

Andrea Burnand of Marsh who is taking part in Pink Collar boxing event at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield.

She said she was enjoying most of the training and gaining new skills. But she has been ill and also suffered a sprained ankle which hampered things.

“My fight will be two days after my 50th birthday. Looks like I’m the oldest competing by far, but no pain, no gain.”

The boxing match is being organised by Pink Collar Boxing and is taking place on May 14 at the John Smith’s Stadium where at least 10 bouts are expected.

To sponsor Andrea go to her JustGiving Page: www.justgiving.com/Andrea-Burnand



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