‘I popped my bicep in the fight and the doc advised me to stop, but I looked at Jodie’s dad and I knew I had to go on. He is my inspiration.’

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Stephen with his winners medal.

A special event was held on Saturday night at the Prince Regent Hotel in Chigwell to raise money for ‘Take a Knife, Save a Life’, that was attended by Jodie Chesney’s father Peter.

The event, organised by Greenwood Boxing Gym, was attended by many members of the local community including Harold Hill Councillor Jan Sargent.

The special boxing event saw thirteen charity boxing matches from children’s age right up to three main fights that included Take a Knife Save a Life’s Stephen Gowers.

Stephen told the Havering Daily, ‘I used to box as a child and was keen to help raise money for charity. The money raised for us, we will share with the Jodie Chesney Foundation.’

Over £2,000 was raised for Take a Knife Save a Life that will now be shared with the Jodie Chesney Foundation.

Stephen with Councillor Jan Sargent and Kelly Greenwood

‘The money will help us patrol the streets and help us take more knives and other dangerous weapons off our streets. We currently patrol not just in Harold Hill but also in Hornchurch, Elm Park, Upminster and Collier Row.

‘Greenwood Boxing gym are fantastic, they really help support us and provide us with volunteers that go out on patrol. As well as letting us use their facilities.’

Stephen participated in one of the last fights of the evening, in the heavy weight category against Jake Darnell.

Stephen getting his bicep tended to after the fight.

‘I popped my bicep in the fight and the doctor advised me to stop, but I looked at Peter (Chesney) who was in the crowd and I knew I had to go on. He is my inspiration and I went on to win the fight by using only one arm.’

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