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Sarah and Tom step into the ring for Cancer Research UK

Two PhD students from the Schools of Chemistry & Pharmacy decided to take to the boxing ring for charity – only weeks after taking up the sport.

Sarah Jane Woodhouse and Tom Bridge, who we usually see hanging out in their labs, took their place on the card at the Ultra White Collar Boxing (UWCB) black tie event in Norwich on Saturday, 8th of July in aid of Cancer Research UK.

UWCB is a unique chance for beginners with no boxing experience to dive into the wonderful world of boxing in a safe and enjoyable environment in front of family and friends while raising money for Cancer Research.  For Sarah and Tom it was a chance to fight cancer without wearing their lab coat and wielding a pipette.

“People suffering with cancer have a daily battle. I stepped into the ring to have my own little battle and to help raise money so we can beat cancer sooner,” said Sarah. Tom’s purpose was similar: “It started as getting fit for a good cause but turned into so much more than that. The dedicated hardworking people behind the scenes and everyone that got involved, I am so proud of you all!”

Sarah alone raised almost £400, outmatching the target almost eight times, and contributed to an event sum of £10.000 which topped up the charity budget to £9 million.

Article by Lucka Bibic, photos by James Courtney.