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Dagenham white collar boxer donates fight funds to care home

PUBLISHED: 16:54 11 July 2017 | UPDATED: 07:22 13 July 2017

Dagenham boxer David Varley, right, with his corner man and brother-in-law, Mark Starling, and two of Chestnut Court's care managers

Dagenham boxer David Varley, right, with his corner man and brother-in-law, Mark Starling, and two of Chestnut Court's care managers

David Varley

A kind-hearted Dagenham boxer has donated his fight purse from his next match to give care home residents a barbecue to remember.

David Varley, middle, with trainers Noel Tierney, right, and Keith Butler, leftDavid Varley, middle, with trainers Noel Tierney, right, and Keith Butler, left

David Varley, 34, of Bromhall Road, Dagenham, bought Chestnut Court Care Home in Frizlands Lane, Dagenham, a new four-gas burner BBQ, two new wooden benches and a three-metre cantilever.

The equipment valued at £400 will enable the home’s 60 residents to enjoy a special day with their families at the care home’s garden next month.

An additional £100 donated by David’s trainer Noel Tierney, of Club Ko in Essex, will fund the food and gas cannisters for the barbecue.

David, who donated the tickets sale proceeds from his seventh fight this Friday, said Chestnut Court’s managers and residents were thrilled with his gifts.

“They loved it, they couldn’t thank me enough,” he said.

“There are a couple of residents who like to sit over on their own in the garden but they couldn’t do it in the sun.

“Now if it is a really hot day they can sit down and have some shade.”

The white collar boxer said he wanted to support Chestnut Court as his partner Marcia Cole’s grandfather was looked after there before he died.

He said the 24-hour care facility also receives no government funding and he felt his donation would make a real difference.

“I wanted to do something that is closer to home because I have been in Dagenham all my life,” he said.

However this isn’t the first time father-of-four David has generously shared his boxing funds.

He previously fundraised for Great Ormond Street Hospital after his partner received treatment there while pregnant with their youngest son Barry, five.

His niece Rebecca was also supported by GOSH after she underwent open-heart surgery and was brought back to life two times by hospital staff.

Now, railway yard worker David plans to do more fundraising for other local causes and even believes it could even be his lucky charm.

“It gives me an incentive,” he said. “Ever since I started, I have been winning all my fights.”

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