A VOLUNTEER-run boxing club that has been repeatedly targeted by thieves has been helped by a Huddersfield business.
Mark Holbrook, from Huddersfield company IViewCameras.co.uk, saw an article in the Examiner about the spate of burglaries at Rawthorpe Amateur Boxing Club and decided to offer some support.
The company, which specialises in CCTV, donated £500 worth of equipment to help protect the amateur club.
Mark Reynolds, founder of Rawthorpe Boxing Club said: “We had four break-ins over 12 months.
“We are completely dependant on donations and fundraising and we have had to replace several thousands of pounds worth of equipment, let alone clean up the damage.”
Over the past year, thieves targeted the Gas Club premises and stole laptops and computer equipment and caused extensive damage to windows, doors and filing cabinets.
Mr Reynolds added: “We get no support but we help about 300 people a week, with 10 percent boxing seriously and taking part in competitions.
“The work we do here is more than just boxing, its about discipline, healthy living and teaching manners.
“What IViewCameras has done is a massive step for the community and they have really set the benchmark, we are so grateful.
“The Examiner has always supported us and we hope that more local businesses can help this club, we really do need the support.”
Rawthorpe Amateur Boxing Club has seven volunteers and runs 11 training sessions a week for ages five to 75.
Ex-boxer Mr Reynolds set up the club after he took his son Sean to training and realised that children were “just beating each other up”.
Members of the club have now learned lessons in anger management, nutrition and boxing and competed in events as far away as The Seychelles.
Although many youngsters have started training, the season will not start again till September.
IViewCameras, which is based on Leeds Road is part of Buy It Direct, which has encompassed LaptopsDirect and DirectTVs.
Business manager Mark Holbrook, said: “We could see that they needed help.
“There was obviously an issue with security as thieves had targeted the building on four different occasions.
“CCTV is easy to install so we sent down an electrician and a four-camera package which normally costs around £500.
“It is vandal resistant and has night vision to cope with anything.”