UEL Physiology academic Lee Brown fights for a good cause
Lee Brown’s ‘London Blue Light Fight Night’ will raise money for emergency services charities
By Lee Pinkerton
A Physiology lecturer from the University of East London (UEL) has organised a charity boxing match to raise money and pay tribute to members of the emergency services.
The London Blue Light Fight Night takes place at Indigo at The 02 arena on June 8. It will feature four teams whose members are drawn from police, fire service, paramedics, and civilians.
The man behind the event is UEL Physiology Lecturer Lee Brown, from Harold Wood, Essex.
Lee said, “This is our way of giving back to the charities who do so much for our emergency services. These guys are never given a pat on the back.”
The event will raise money for the London Air Ambulance and the Fire Fighters' Charity. It takes place the week before the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower disaster, and will focus in particular on the members of the emergency services who were affected by that tragedy.
Lee said, “I know so many people who have been affected by the Grenfell tragedy, and for many of the emergency services, particularly the firefighters who attended the incident, the trauma of that night continues to have a huge impact.
“A friend of mine who works for the fire service was working on the phones on the night of Grenfell. He listened to over 85 people die that night.”
Fifteen personnel from each of the services, as well as 15 civilians, many of whom have never boxed before, will participate in the competition. One of the boxers on the civilian team, Malcolm Collins, is a student of Lee’s, studying Sports Science at UEL.
Lee will referee the bouts, ensuring that no harm comes to Malcolm or any other of the fighters. Lee knows his way around the ring – he was a Muaythai boxer for nearly 20 years until injury ended his career four years ago.
Lee also isn’t a novice when it comes to fight promotions. This is the 148th event he has put on over the last nine years, raising over £2million for good causes.