Go 18 rounds with boxing icon to help fight dementia

Mikey Dowling, left, and Dave 'Boy' Green get in some practice ahead of the charity golf day in support of Alzheimer's Research UK. CREDIT James Murray-White
Mikey Dowling, left, and Dave 'Boy' Green get in some practice ahead of the charity golf day in support of Alzheimer's Research UK. CREDIT James Murray-White
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People are being challenged to go 18 rounds with boxing legend Dave ‘Boy’ Green MBE – on a Cambridgeshire golf course – to boost funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The popular boxer, who held the British and European Light-Welterweight titles and the European Welterweight title, will be the star guest at a charity golf day in Pidley, near Huntingdon, on Friday, August 2.

The keen golfer, who once went toe-to-toe with global boxing icon Sugar Ray Leonard, will play in memory of his former manager, Andy Smith, who died with Alzheimer’s disease in 2005, aged 79.

The event at Lakeside Lodge Golf Centre costs £50 to enter and includes morning refreshments, 18 rounds of golf and a charity auction, with various top lots going under the gavel.

Dave, who lives in Chatteris, will also take to the stage to give a candid talk about his illustrious boxing career, from his roots as a fighter in the sixties with Chatteris Amateur Boxing Club, to winning the European Light-Welterweight belt against the ‘Pride of Paris’ Jean Baptiste Piedvache in 1976.

The golf day has been organised by the boxer-turned-businessman’s close friend and agent, Mikey Dowling, from Chesterton, in Cambridge. The 31 year old, who runs MD Entertainments, hopes to raise at least £1,000 for the UK’s leading dementia research charity.

Dave ‘Boy’ Green, 60, who was appointed MBE in 2012 for his services to charity, said: “My old manager Andy Smith was very well respected in the boxing game and it was heart-breaking to see what Alzheimer’s disease did to him. Before he died, I would visit him every week in his care home - he was a really great manager and a good friend, so it was the least I could do. I’m really looking forward to playing in the golf day to raise lots of money for the dementia research experts.”

Mikey Dowling added: “Both Dave and I are really proud to be supporting the vital work being carried out by Alzheimer’s Research UK. Nearly everyone knows someone who’s affected by this devastating disease, so it’s a great feeling to know we’re doing this for such a worthy cause.

“The support from local businesses has been brilliant, with Paul Day Financial Planning Ltd, Logic Scaffolding and Laker & Nunn plasterers all supporting the day. Tickets are already selling fast for what is sure to be a great day out.”

Amy Byrne, Community Fundraising Officer for Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “We are delighted that Mikey has organised this fabulous golf day. We wish him every success with the event and greatly appreciate the support of Dave, too. Every £20 raised will pay for an hour of vital research, bringing us closer to finding ways to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

“There are over 6,000 people in Cambridgeshire living with dementia today. Despite this, dementia research is desperately underfunded compared to other serious diseases. We rely on public donations to fund our world-class research and it’s thanks to the commitment of people like Mikey that we are able to continue our crucial work.”

To sign up for the golf day, call Mikey Dowling on 07964 945342 or email enquiries@md-entertainments.com for more information. To find out more about fundraising for the charity call 0300 111 5 777 or email fundraising@alzheimersresearchuk.org