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Lewis Bell takes on half marathon after his match at Priestfield Stadium is postponed by Gillingham Football Club

By Katie Nelson

A boxer whose charity bout was put off after a violent incident made Gillingham Football Club suspend all boxing events at their home ground is planning to run a half marathon instead.

Lewis Bell was due to fight on Saturday, March 2 in a charity match to raise money for Wisdom Hospice at Priestfield Stadium, Redfern Avenue.

However, the club decided to suspend all future boxing matches after a brawl broke out at the last Great British Boxing Union (GBBU) fight on Saturday, February 16.

Lewis Bell is taking on a half marathon in aid of Wisdom Hospice (7378496)
Lewis Bell is taking on a half marathon in aid of Wisdom Hospice (7378496)

The violence left a woman, child and two men injured.

Bosses at the club in Redfern Avenue, Gillingham, met on Monday morning to discuss the issue.

Mr Bell's match will go ahead on Saturday, April 6.

Priestfield Stadium on Redfern Avenue, Gillingham (7378263)
Priestfield Stadium on Redfern Avenue, Gillingham (7378263)


In the meantime, he has decided to organise a half marathon so that he and the boxers who were due to have their fight can still raise money.

The 27 year old, of Wallace Road, said: "In order to stand by what I said and continue the theme of raising awareness and funds for the hospice, I have arranged another sporting challenge for the same date the fight was meant to be.

"I will be running a half marathon with a number of family members, friends and fellow boxers who were also due to be raising money for their charities."

Lewis Bell was due to fight on Saturday, March 2 in the charity boxing bout (7378396)
Lewis Bell was due to fight on Saturday, March 2 in the charity boxing bout (7378396)


Mr Bell, who works as an IT consultant, first started amateur boxing at the age of 21, when he took part in a charity boxing match at the Casino Rooms nightclub.

In his last charity match, he raised over £2,000 for Wisdom Charity, in High Bank, Rochester, which cared for his grandfather Norman Lang who passed away from cancer, in the last days of his life.

The runners will be donning fancy dress and running the route beginning in in Rochester High Street, through Chatham and taking them down to Snodhurst, before returning to Rochester.

Unfinished Business was postponed in a decision made earlier this week (7378261)
Unfinished Business was postponed in a decision made earlier this week (7378261)


He has invited people who do not want to take part in the whole route, to join in at parts along the route, full details of which can be found on the event's Facebook page.

If you would like to donate to the fund, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lewisbellwisdomhospice

The GBBU is run by Medway men Brian Sanders and Frank Ball, who have ran more than 30 shows.

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