The annual ‘Rumble with the Agents’ charity boxing event took place on Thursday 24th May, at which ten property professionals competed in the aid of raising money for charity.
This event, held at the Holiday Inn Finchley Central, in association with Landlord Action, raised £16,300 for Cherry Lodge Cancer Care.
Sponsored by Hamilton Fraser, this boxing match consisted of amateurs to the sport from companies such as Oscar Knight, Area Square, Happy Tenant Company and Property Redress Scheme.
The charity event was originally set up in 2015 by Paul Shamplina, the founder of Landlord Action, who has a personal passion for boxing. Due to its original success, the night has now become an annual occurrence.
Paul Shamplina has commented: “I appreciate the concept of property and boxing do not appear as natural fit for one another, but knowing what a competitive bunch property professionals are, I thought it would be a great opportunity to encourage some of those I have worked with over the years to join me in raising money for charity. I would also like to give a special mention to Patrick Branderick of Oscar Knight Estate Agents, who, on his mission to get fit, took part and lost over two stone in weight during training.”
Since the establishment of Rumble with the Agents, it has raised nearly £75,000 for local charities carefully chosen by Mr Shamplina. This year, he chose Cherry Lodge Cancer Care, after learning that less than 5% of their running costs are covered by NHS and local government grants. Such a lack of financial assistance means that they rely almost entirely on fundraising, volunteering and donations.
Cherry Lodge Cancer Care is an independent charity, that commits its resources to improving the quality of life for people living with cancer, as well as their carers, family and friends. The charity works alongside the clinical care of the NHS in an area centred on Barnet and covering much of North London and South Hertfordshire.
Sarah Armitage, Vice Chairman at Cherry Lodge Cancer Care has stated: “Fabulous is the adjective to sum up ‘Rumble with the Agents’. Having never been to a boxing event before, I was not sure what to expect and was pleasantly surprised! The atmosphere in the room, packed with 260 guests and competitors, was electric, professional and fun. The evening ran like clockwork: weeks of training from the boxers coming to fruition. The generosity of the guests and sponsors, all from the world of property, raised £16,300 for Cherry Lodge Cancer Care. Thank you so much. This money will go towards our free services to provide support and information to our members who have been diagnosed with cancer”
As well as the boxing, those who attended were provided a sit down three-course meal followed by a raffle and charity auction. Up for grabs were signed sporting memorabilia, including a signed Muhammad Ali framed picture, a signed Tottenham Hotspur football shirt, a signed Anthony Joshua glove and a framed and signed photo of Ed Sheeran.
Eddie Hooker, CEO of Hamilton Fraser, the main sponsor of Rumble with the Agents, said: ‘We have been sponsoring this event since it started and it just keeps going from strength to strength. It is so important to support your local charities and it’s amazing that almost £75k has been raised so far for these much needed causes’.
Following on from this event, Paul Shamplina is continuing his support for Cherry Lodge Cancer Care by taking part in a boxing match at York Hall Bethnall Green on 22nd June. Paul is fundraising through his Just Giving page, and has invited those who wish to attend to call 07736 613518 for further details.