The gloves are off as one British boxing champion is trying and raise as much through ticket sales to help a three year old who needs a life-changing surgery to help her walk.
Iyra Austin was born nine weeks premature and when she was only six weeks old she stopped breathing after having bronchitis. It was not until she was ten months old that she was diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy.
Now her family are trying to raise the £50,000 she needs to go private for the consultation, operation and after care which will enable her to walk unaided.
Dad, Kevin Austin 29, trains at the same gym as Oiba British masters light-heavyweight champion Ian Clarke.
He said: “I chat with him when we see each other and he knows all about the difficulties Iyra faces every day and wanted to help.”
All four of Iyra’s limbs suffer from stiffness or permanently contracted muscles and she has to use a walker to help her get around and has splints on her legs all the time and receives botox injections because she is in so much pain it works as a relaxant on her muscles.
“Ian has agreed to donate all of his commission from selling tickets to help us reach out target which is an amazing commitment from him and we were stunned when we found out,” said Kevin.
The family want to have reached the halfway point by the end of this year and the money will go toward the Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy which s a surgical procedure that can help children with particularly severe muscle stiffness in their legs to improve their mobility. The operation involves cutting some of the nerves in the lower spinal column, which will relive leg stiffness.
On Saturday, February 20 Ian will be defending his title at Shirebrook Leisure Centre.
He said: “I will be donating my purse to Iyra’s fund to help this little girl get the help she needs please come and show your support if your interested in coming along.”
Tickets are £50 for a meal then the fight or £30 to watch the match standing, also on the bill is Richard Draper who will be fighting for the same cause.
Kevin from Sutton-in-Ashfeild added: “I can’t thank Ian enough for what he is doing and just made up with his generosity.”
Anyone looking to fundraise should search Iyra’s fund on Facebook or donations can be made HERE