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From Zero to Hero for RUH Acute Stroke Unit

Ten weeks from beginner to boxing hero. One match to prove it all. One seriously worthy cause worth all the blood sweat and tears. Chippenham local, William Farrell has been pushing himself to the limit with a ten week training course with professional boxing coaches to take him from zero to hero. On Saturday 15th November at the Oasis Centre in Swindon Farrell will be center stage, facing his opponent in the ring for one final fight to prove how far he has come. He has taken on this physical and mental training challenge to raise funds for the Acute Stroke Unit at the Royal United Hospital in Bath – to say thank you and give something back to the unit who has cared for several of his friends and family in recent years.

ZERO TO HERO is the ultimate fitness experience programme designed to provide willing contenders with the opportunity to become boxing hero’s in just ten weeks. Farrell, 43, has done a small amount of training in the past but nothing like what he’s faced over the past few months – including a black eye or two! The Fight Night on the 15th November marks the end of his training. He will enter the ring in front of family, friends and boxing fans with a crowd of up to 2,000 people to face his opponent (who has also participated in the programme).

When the training has gotten tough Farrell has been spurred on by his drive to fundraise for the RUH Acute Stoke Unit, as well as thoughts of friends and family affected.

He comments: “I am not the most confident of people so this challenge is pretty far outside my comfort zone. In fact people who know me would say I am a lover not a fighter! I have known a few people who have suffered strokes over the years, including a very close friend of mine. Without the special care he received at the RUH things could have been a lot worse. From this I thought ten weeks of training, being pushed to the limit and experiencing some pain is nothing compared to what some people and their families go through when dealing with a stroke. I have taken on this challenge to say thank you to the unit which has provided such professional care and I wanted to do something to help them in the future.”

The Forever Friends Appeal funds projects that make a real difference to the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients who are cared for by the RoyalUnitedHospital each year, as well as the friends and family who visit them. Alongside The Appeal’s major campaign (RUH Cancer Care Campaign) the charity also fundraises for all areas, wards and departments of the hospital such as the Acute Stroke Unit. The supporters, fundraisers and donors of the Appeal, like William Farrell, make it possible to help pay for additional equipment, research and innovations, as well as finishing touches and ‘extras’ that complement the existing high quality care at the Hosptial.

Laura Pearce, Events Fundraiser for The Forever Friends Appeal comments: “William is a truly inspirational person – he has shown some real grit and determination in taking on his zero to hero challenge. He is a true hero in more ways than just in the boxing ring- his fundraising efforts for the RUH’s Acute Stroke Unit will directly benefit the patients who find themselves in need of their services and will help transform care for the future. We are so grateful to William and everyone who has sponsored and encouraged him to push through each week of his ten week journey. Thank you William and good luck for your final challenge!”

If you would like to sponsor William Farrell’s Zero to Hero challenge please visit: www.justgiving.com/William-Farrell3

William Farrell will be facing his final challenge at Fight Night on Saturday 15th November at the Oasis Centre in Swindon. If you would like to take on an epic challenge of your own get involved with other events, please visit www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk.

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