My brother has been beaten up…

Well this time next week he will have been beaten up. How do I know this? How can I be so sure that at precisely this time next week he will be nursing an array of bruises? I know because his fight is an organised fight.

Charles, 26, will be taking to the ring of Notting Hill’s The SupperClub to participate in his first ever boxing match.


When he first told me that he had signed up to box, I have to say that I was a bit sceptical. Was this another “I’m going to run the London marathon and I’ll definitely do it under 3 1/2 hours” situation? I was sceptical until he told me why he was going to box. He was going to box to raise money for a charity called The Lily Foundation.

Imagine being told that your baby has an incurable disease and that it will die. Your baby will die but doctors can’t tell you when. Every new day could be the last day. This is what faces the parents of a child with severe Mitochondrial Disease. This is what faced the parents of Lily Anna Merritt five years ago.

Mitochondria are found in every cell in the human body, they supply the cells with the energy to function. When someone has Mitochondrial Disease their mitochondria do not produce enough energy for the cells to function properly and they shut down.  If there is not enough mitochondria in organs such as the brain, the outcome can be fatal. Currently there is no cure.

This is where The Lily Foundation is determined to make a change. In their own words:  “The Lily Foundation is committed to finding a cure for Mitochondrial Disease. We have a three-point mission – fund research to improve diagnosis and treatment options, raise awareness of these conditions to they are more easily recognised, and support families with sick children.”

To date the charity has raised over £1,000,000 and has given hope and support to hundreds of families around the world. Every penny raised takes the team one step closer to finding a cure for this brutal disease.

Needless-to-say, once Charles had told me all of the above, I couldn’t think of a more deserving cause to be knocked out for.

Last night marked the 7-day count down and the line up of boxers headed down to Leicester Square’s Hippodrome Casino for the weigh-in. Oiling up their enviable torsos – sending the girls into a nymphish frenzy –  the men took to the stage and squared up to their components. Bi-ceps curled, six-packs gleamed, buttocks clenched, these fine specimens did not disappoint and everyone got reaching for their purses…and wallets.


Despite this last-minute splurge, donations are still lagging and Charles is yet to achieve his fund-raising goal. So it is now that I ask you to do something good today, to make a difference today, sponsor my brother and help the Lily Foundation. Help them in their quest to find a cure:


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