Politicians, charity volunteers and shop workers are set to wind down from their day jobs in an evening of high-flying grappling tonight, in what is Preston’s first ‘white collar’ charity wrestling event.
The event, organised by Preston City Wrestling, is the city’s inaugural ‘White Collar Wrestling’ event.
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Among the fighters is Preston councillor Drew Gale, wrestling name ‘BigValDrewski’, who is swapping politics for the ring to raise cash for the Armed Forces Group Preston.
Drew said: “I’ve been punched, thrown around, drop-kicked and had a fractured rib, and I’ve loved every minute of it.
“We’re putting our bodies on the line to raise thousands of pounds for great causes. Training has been fab and I’m genuinely excited."
The 42-year-old added: “The owner of PCW, Steven Fludder, is my best friend and he’s done lots for the armed forces in Preston through free shows in the Flag Market, attracting thousands of people. Taking part in this is the least I could do.”
Sisters Jane Robinson, 43, and Pamela Hewitt, 37, known as ‘Vixen’ and ‘The Raven’, are fund-raising for The Space Centre on Pedders Lane, Preston, a sensory play centre Jane is deputy manager of which provides support for children with disabilities.
The siblings want to enough money to building a reading circle in the centre’s garden.
Jane said: “I’m a bit nervous but very excited now.
“My 13-year-old daughter, Emily, has special needs and uses the centre. We are trying to improve the garden through this reading circle.”
Alan Kenyon, a 30-year-old hospitality assistant from Preston, is also taking part, raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Taking place at Evoque nightclub, the 30 amateur wrestlers will showcase their skills after having had two months of intense training, worth £200.
PCW’s owner Steven Fludder said: “I have a group who all have a mixed demographic and we have a common goal which is to raise money and put on a spectacle for all to enjoy.
“Myself and the trainers have whipped them into shape in record time.
“It really pleases me that many have lost up to two stone in weight and the confidence levels have all grown as that is what we teach in wrestling, the ability to amplify your personality.
“I really am excited to see how they all do on the show as win lose or draw the fact that they have raised so much for charity then the end result is already amazing to me.”
Coun Drew Gale added: “The event is a sell out. We will all have a laugh together whilst raising money for charity. It’s going to be a great night.”
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