A community is rallying together to help popular fundraiser Tommy Joyce MBE build a new boxing gym in honour of his late brother Mick.
The 65-year-old is attempting to transform Mexborough’s vacant Harrop Hall into a boxing club as a tribute to his boxing coach sibling, who died weeks after sustaining head injuries following a fall onto steps.
Mick, 53, had hoped to transform the hall in Dolcliffe Road himself in the months before his death in May.
Tommy has taken on the project in a bid to “turn Mick’s dream into a reality.”
The retired school caretaker, of Maple Road, Mexborough, told the Times: “He wanted to do it up with boxing equipment and exercise equipment for young kids to use.
“It didn’t happen but I’m determined to take it forward. I’m doing this for my brother and I want to turn his dream into a reality.”
Tommy said he hopes to install a boxing ring for sparring sessions, along with other boxing equipment.
The popular marathon runner, who has raised thousands for charity, is now appealing for members of the public to get involved with the project.
He said: “The building needs a lick of paint. The water pipes and electric fittings also need looking at. I have already had some people say they will help me but I would like as many people as possible to volunteer their time to help out.”
He hopes the gym will be ready for opening in about six months’ time and will be called Braveheart Boxing Club.
Tommy added: “I have spoken to people who have fallen on hard times and also to young kids about it. I want to get them off the streets and into the gym.”
A spokeoman for St John Ambulance, which owns the hall, said: “We are supporting the project by allowing the community to use the facility.”
Mick was a former Yorkshire Amateur Boxing Association (ABA) divisional coach.
Anyone who would like to help Tommy can contact him on 01709 584339.