35 years after fighting for his own life, Jimmy Bates from Birmingham will be taking to the ring to fight for the lives of others. Jimmy was born nine weeks prematurely and spent time being cared for at the Special Care Baby Unit at Good Hope Hospital. Jimmy has decided to put his boxing talents to good use by raising money for Good Hope Hospital Charity.

Sales manager by day and amateur boxer by night, Jimmy will be competing in a novice boxing tournament on behalf of the Sports Combat Centre (Strictly Business Boxing VIII) on Friday 13 October at Moseley Rugby Club, to raise money for the Good Hope Hospital Charity.

Jimmy has worked for ten years at Access Hardware Ltd, a Solihull-based manufacturer and importer of architectural hardware. The firm has kindly sponsored Jimmy’s boxing efforts and has inspired its customers around the country to donate money to Good Hope Hospital Charity.

Speaking of the challenge that training is proving, Jimmy said: “The last eight weeks have been the toughest but the most exhilarating of my life and I can’t wait for fight night. I’m thrilled to be taking part in Strictly Business Boxing VIII.

“I’m delighted to be raising money for a charity that is so close to my heart, I’m incredibly thankful to all those who have offered their donations and support.”

Fundraising Manager at Good Hope Hospital Charity, Laura Power said: “I’m delighted that 35 years after he was looked after at the hospital, Jimmy has decided to raise money for the Special Care Baby Unit.

“The money he raises will support the Charity in continuing to provide added extras for patients and staff on the unit over and above that which the NHS can provide.”

To donate to Jimmy’s fund you can text GLVE50 £5 to 7007 0 or visit his JustGiving page at justgiving.com/jimmybates