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Recognition: Carl Frampton with Amy Stewart of Monkstown Boxing Club who have been delivering food packages during the pandemic

Recognition: Carl Frampton with Amy Stewart of Monkstown Boxing Club who have been delivering food packages during the pandemic

Recognition: Carl Frampton with Amy Stewart of Monkstown Boxing Club who have been delivering food packages during the pandemic

Northern Ireland legend Carl Frampton has honoured members of the local sporting community for their work during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The former two-weight world champion led the dedications in Northern Ireland by surprising Midland Boxing Club coaches Lee Cochrane and Keith Dallas, who spent lockdown delivering meals to the elderly in their north Belfast community. On some occasions, Lee was providing food from his own house to older people he was visiting.

Frampton arrived unannounced at his former club to present them with a range of boxing equipment from The National Lottery.

The gift and surprise were also shared with Amy Stewart from Monkstown Boxing Club, whose members turned its gym into a makeshift soup kitchen, with volunteers helping to deliver food packages to the doorstep of people in the area who are self-isolating and vulnerable.

Both Midlands ABC and Monkstown Boxing club are among the thousands of sporting organisations supported by the £30m per week that is raised by National Lottery players across the UK.

Midland coach Cochrane said: "Funding from the National Lottery has been crucial for our club. To be able to provide facilities and equipment to the kids who come to our club means the world to them and us."

Dallas added: "We are humbled to be honoured for the work we did during lockdown and it was even more special to have Carl involved, who is such a sporting hero to so many in our community."

Amy Stewart said: "It's wonderful to be recognised for something that brings me and others joy in a difficult time."

Frampton said he was honoured to be part of a campaign "celebrating and championing the often unseen but impactful work done by grassroots sports clubs across Northern Ireland".

He added: "Amy, Lee and Keith and those from other sports are amazing examples of the compassion and determination to overcome challenging times and put others first.

"From local through to professional level, sport can often be found at the heart of communities, helping support us when we most need it as well as motivating us with the possibilities for more hopeful times in the future."

• Tyson Fury has revealed he has asked his lawyers to help get his name removed from the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year shortlist.

The world heavyweight champion said he asked "politely" when he posted an Instagram message earlier this month.

But he has now taken further steps to be removed from the list of contenders and instructed his lawyers to send a letter to the BBC.

He stated: "I have asked nicely in a video to be taken off the list and they decided that they were not going to take me off the list.

"So I have had my lawyers send them a letter demanding that I am taken off the list and let's hope they listen and take me off the list."

Belfast Telegraph


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