During November, I was asked by a former work colleague if I would be interested in providing my Edinburgh event photographer services for a forthcoming charity event. As this was a fundraising event for several noble causes I was definitely interested and didn’t hesitate to offer my services free of charge.
The event was held at the prestigious Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club, Kirknewton. The Dalmahoy is one of the venues I cover regularly, though usually weddings, not boxing! Around two hundred guests attended this all ticket event. The guests were welcomed with a glass of champagne and invited into the spacious function suite. The centrepiece of the room was a massive boxing ring! The format of the event was a bout of boxing between meal courses. This was capped with a charity auction, including a football signed by the Manchester United football team, a pair of world champion Joe Calzaghe’s boxing gloves and various other items sporting memorabilia.
I wasn’t sure quite what to expect when photographing this event. All the boxers are amateurs, so I kind of expected to see lots of pushing and shoving and holding onto the opponent. I couldn’t have been more wrong! These guys went for it big time! As I was the official photographer I had one of the best views in the room. I was allowed to stand on the edge of the ring and took plenty of photos of the action as it unfolded. You can view lots of the photographs here.
The aim of the night was to raise as much money as possible for the nominated charities. The evening raised over £16,000 for the various charities, a really fantastic figure.
I received a copy of the newsletter sent out by one of the charities and was pleased to see some of my photos appearing in print. The guys who did the boxing all suffered on the night, but what got them through was the thought of many deserving people benefiting from the funds.
Well done guys, a great night and some cracking bouts. Below are a couple of pages from one of the charity newsletters, showing a selection of my photos.
Next time I’m photographing an event at Dalmahoy I’m confident it won’t be quite the same as this!