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Fundraiser to support former boxer’s dementia cause
Friday 21st July 2017 @ 18:05 by Adam Higgins
Events Glossop Chronicle

A fundraiser is being held at the Commercial Inn pub in Glossop this weekend to support a former boxer’s bid to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Among the raffle prizes on offer are a gift voucher for the Victoria Lounge, cinema tickets to watch a movie at Cineworld Ashton and a signed copy of Lord Tom Pendry’s autobiography ‘Taking It On The Chin’.

There will also be lots of sporting memorabilia up for auction, including signed gloves by boxing greats Ricky Hatton and Anthony Joshua, goalkeeper gloves signed by England stopper Jack Butland, four hospitality tickets to a selected Manchester City football match and football shirts signed by the teams of Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur respectively.

All funds raised will go towards sponsorship for Peter Flanagan’s cause, with more than £3,000 donated so far.

The 60-year-old, from Glossop, is fighting against dementia pugilistica as a result of his professional boxing career and will embark on a six-day trek over the Great Wall of China in October.

He wishes to raise awareness of his condition and simultaneously raise vital funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.

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On Sunday, there is lots of fun planned for all of the family from 3pm onwards at the pub on Manor Park Road.

For the children, there will be a kids disco, cakes, face painting, sparkly nails, a fishing in a bucket game with stickers to win, brand new toys to win on the lucky dip, and temporary tattoos.

For the adults, there will be a disco and karaoke, the aforementioned raffle and sporting auction, special offers on at Franco’s Italian Restaurant, while 10 per cent of all the takings at the bar will be donated to Peter’s cause.
Peter’s daughter Tina Flanagan said: “We also have more amazing raffle and auction donations coming in.

“Thankfully we have a ladies night at the Surrey Arms on Victoria Street on August 4 from 7pm, and a Super Sunday family fun day at The Brooke Tavern on Bank Holiday Sunday, August 27.

“We are overwhelmed, but not surprised as Peter worked within the pub and club trade in Glossop for decades. Still this level of support is unprecedented from publicans and customers alike.

“We also raised £109 at the St Marys School Summer Fair. The Co-op in Simmondley have donated a hamper which they are raffling off. Local support and the support from sports superstars is just wonderful.”

To read more about Peter’s story and leave a donation, visit his fundraising page https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/peterflanagan.