‘Boxing Babe’ provides aid for grieving parents

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A “BOXING Babe” who spends her time mixing with hard men is showing her softer side by organising a fun day in aid of the charity which helped her family through its darkest hour.

Carrie McMahon, from Whitburn, first discovered her taste for boxing watching Ricky Hatton fight Floyd Mayweather in 2007, and from then on, she was hooked.

So when she saw that Mayhem Promotions were looking for “Boxing Babes” to walk fighters into the ring at their bouts, she jumped at the chance to throw her hat in the ring. The dental nurse then went on to knock out the competition, being named Mayhem Babe 2012 over 500 other 
entrants. And she’s now standing tall again after taking on her biggest challenge yet – 
organising a family fun day to raise funds for the Simpson’s Memory Box Appeal (SiMBA) and Yorkhill Sick Kids 
Hospital.

Carrie, 26, said: “Mayhem Promotions are currently raising funds for the Sick Kids as one of the other girls’ son had to spend a lot of time there in his youth due to heart 
problems.

“I wanted to do my bit, but I also really wanted to raise funds for SiMBA, as they 
really helped my father Andy and his girlfriend Mandy when they lost their son Derick in November last year.”
SiMBA help families cope with the loss of a child through miscarriage or stillbirth by providing a family area within the maternity ward specifically for those who have lost a child, and by also giving the opportunity to create precious 
memories.

Mandy Cumming, 30, who also lives in Whitburn, said: “Derick was stillborn at 36 weeks, which was utterly devastating. We were all ready for him arriving and then suddenly he was gone.

“As recently as ten or 15 years ago if you lost a child this way you would be left with nothing, but SiMBA offer you the chance to take pictures with your child, and also help you create a memory box, including things like handprints, footprints and a lock of hair. The memories I have of Derick are the most precious thing I have – if the house caught fire, that’s what I would save.”

Carrie’s fun day will take place at Whitburn Juniors FC between noon and 4pm on Sunday, with family events such as face-painting and bouncy castles, before an adult event in the evening will see her joined by more Mayhem Babes for an evening of karaoke – with Glasgow’s Bare All Butlers on hand for those who prefer their eye candy male. Carrie, who hopes to raise at least £300, said: “I absolutely love working with Mayhem. I get to see the fighters up close and have met some real stars like undefeated boxing world champion Joe Calzaghe. It can be quite gory at times, but I absolutely love it. I’m so proud of how it’s turned out, though the organisation was very stressful. I’d like to thank all the local businesses who’ve supported this event.”

Sara Fitzsimmons, SiMBA’s director: “This is an excellent fundraising and awareness day for two very special and worthwhile charities. It is fantastic that Carrie and her family felt so supported by the charity that they wanted to show their appreciation in this way. We wish them every success with their event.”

jen.lavery@edinburghnews.com