Cash to help find more boxing stars

Forgewood ABC's Bert McShane, centre, with Charlie Millar, left, and Benny  Boyle of Forgewood Holdings.

Forgewood ABC's Bert McShane, centre, with Charlie Millar, left, and Benny Boyle of Forgewood Holdings.

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Forgewood Amateur Boxing Club are gearing up for the new season with help from a former business that now supports community groups.

Forgewood Holdings handed over a cheque for £2,500 during a celebratory evening marking the Commonwealth Games achievement of the club’s Reece McFadden.

The money is a welcome boost and will be used to buy new kit for the Mabel Street club members.

Forgewood Holdings once employed around 300 people, mostly in landscaping and security, but it was wound up earlier this year. It retains substantial funds and these are being made available to help schools, care homes and other organisations.

The company, a community business with charitable status, was a key player in the task of regenerating Forgewood over more than 20 years.

Reece McFadden received a grant from Forgewood Holdings to help him prepare for this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow at which he won a bronze medal in the flyweight division.

Youngsters trying to emulate him will benefit from this latest funding and coach Bert McShane said: “We can’t thank Forgewood Holdings enough. We do our own fundraising and have also had support from Bruce the Lawyers, and this latest sum is brilliant.”

Mr McShane said the club have seen an upsurge in new members since Reece’s Games success.

He added: “The place is jam-packed and Reece has been sparring with the younger boys which is great for them. Some have even developed the McFadden swagger!”

Club officials presented Reece with a silver salver at the celebration in Motherwell United Services Club.