Boxing legend Frank Bruno raises money for Redbridge Jewish Care

PUBLISHED: 09:58 15 November 2016 | UPDATED: 10:27 15 November 2016

Andrew Klein, Daren Burney, Frank Bruno and Matt Lorenzo at the Jewish Care event

Andrew Klein, Daren Burney, Frank Bruno and Matt Lorenzo at the Jewish Care event

Jewish Care

Hundreds of guests gave boxing legend Frank Bruno MBE a standing ovation after he spoke at the Redbridge Sports Dinner last Thursday, which raised over £35,000 for Jewish Care services in the borough.

The money raised will help fund the Jewish Care buses transporting people living with dementia to The Dennis Centre and the Redbridge Jewish Community Centre, in Woodford Bridge Road.

The British boxing legend was interviewed by sports broadcaster Matt Lorenzo and opened up about his campaign work to battle mental health stigma.

He said: “I want to give people inspiration to talk about how they are feeling.

“There’s a lot of people out there in pain, feeling down, having no energy to do anything at all.

“Now everyone knows this can happen to anyone of their family and friends, it could be your mum, your aunt, your brother and it could be you.

“Be brave, people are sympathetic and more understanding about mental health today and there are people and organisations doing brilliant work like Jewish Care, who are there to support you.”

“I’m very pleased to help raise funds for the incredible work that Jewish Care does they are making a real difference by helping people every day.”

Andrew Klein, chairman of the sports & entertainment committee, said: “I’d like to thank Frank Bruno who has been so entertaining tonight and also so brave in and out the ring, he has really inspired everyone by talking about mental health so openly.

“We would also like to thank all of our guests for their generous support tonight and our Committee for their hard work which has helped us to raise £35,000 to go towards vital Jewish Care services to support vital local Redbridge community.

“Special thanks goes to Daren Burney of the Burney Group, for sponsoring the event. Every penny makes a huge difference to the lives of those who rely on Jewish Care’s support in our local community.”

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