Mark Coote, the co-founder of Surrey-based Formark Scaffolding is to box ex-professional footballer Brian Sparrow in a showdown to raise money for the Lily Foundation.
Currently in training for the April 11 bout, Mark ‘The Statesman’ Coote is putting in the hours at the gym and has even persuaded footballer turned fighter Leon McKenzie to show him some skills and help him get through three grueling rounds.
Speaking to The Caterham Independent Coote said: “Obviously there are a lot of people who would like to see me get a clump and hit the canvas but I am taking this very seriously and will be in good shape.”
“This is the charity’s seventh Fight Night and is one of its biggest fundraising events of the year.”
The Lily Foundation is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to fighting mitochondrial disease. Its mission is to support people whose lives are affected by the condition, raise awareness and fund research into its prevention, diagnosis and treatment. 10 million people in the UK suffer from diseases in which mitochondrial dysfunction is believed to be involved, and every day in the UK a baby is born that will develop mitochondrial disease.
The Lily Foundation is fighting to change this, with its ultimate aim being to one day find a cure for mito.
“If I can help get to that day faster by putting on a pair of boxing gloves and hitting a very good friend of mine to raise money for more and better research then it’s not really a difficult decision,” added Coote.
To sponsor Mark go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mark-coote4