On Thursday 9th March Savannah Shelley made her debut in the boxing ring at a charity event to raise awareness of Pulmonary Fibrosis and funds for Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

Savannah made the decision to take on the fundraising challenge and pick up the boxing gloves after the devastating diagnosis of her friend Lindsay. Savannah embarked on her eight-week training plan at Riley's gym in Sheffield.

Savannah said

“It's as much about getting the awareness of the disease out there as it is raising money for Sheffield Hospitals Chartiy. As much as I want to raise money for research this is also to try and get people to register for the donor list to prolong people's lives. - there's not enough donors out there.

Savannah's friend Lindsay was pregnant with her one-year-old son when she got the devastating diagnosis of the lung disease, sadly the same illness that took the life of her mother at 45 and her aunt at 48.

Savannah stepped in the ring on the 9th of March at Wadsley Bridge Working Men's Club - although it was a defeat for her Savannah has won in her own way after raising £1,170 for Sheffield Hospitals Charity Pulmonary Fibrosis Fund and has raised awareness for the disease. 

Pulmonary Fibrosis is a condition in which the lungs become scarred and breathing becomes increasingly difficult. There is currently no cure for the condition but Sheffield Hospitals Charity supports the Pulmonary Fibrosis support group and research across Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.