StrategiQ Sponsors UWCB Charity Boxing Match

4 min read by Charles Craik 13 Dec 2018

Sponsorship Image With Blue Boxing Gloves|Cancer Research UK Fundraising Highlights 2017 2018

We are proud to announce that we are sponsoring Kara Thurkette, one of our SEO Executives, ahead of her Ultra White Collar Boxing match to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

The Importance of Goals

Goal setting, career and personal development are extremely important at StrategiQ. As part of our PDP process, we encourage our team to set both work-related and personal goals at the beginning of each year; consistently checking in and encouraging each individual in pursuit of their objectives.

We have a pretty active bunch here at StrategiQ, with athletic pursuits such as marathons, mountain climbs, weight training and endurance events being common outcomes either to attain fitness-related goals or goals of a more personal nature related to causes we care about.

Earlier in the year, Kara climbed Ben Nevis in Scotland as part of a fitness goal and chose to participate in an Ultra White Collar Boxing match to raise money for Cancer Research UK, a charity that is very important to her.

“Having lost people close to me to cancer and witnessed at close quarters the effect of chemotherapy, I wanted to do something to honour all of the women in my life impacted by cancer.”

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK is a registered charity in the UK and Isle of Man dedicated specifically to finding a cure. The organisation runs completely on donations to fund scientists, doctors and nurses in their cancer research as well as developing policies to inform government decisions related to cancer and research. It also provides cancer information and resources to the public. Ultra White Collar Boxing is Cancer Research UK’s biggest fundraiser in the UK, with over £14 million raised to date.

Below is a highlight of their research in 2017/18.

Cancer Research UK Fundraising Highlights 2017 2018


What is Ultra White Collar Boxing?

Ultra White Collar Boxing originated in New York in 1988 when an attorney and a doctor decided to train and box at a black-tie event in order to raise money for charity. Since then, White Collar Boxing has been one of the fastest-growing contact sports in the world and is well-established in the UK, running over 1,000 events all across the UK since 2009.

Sponsorship & Donations

In addition to our sponsorship, Kara is also being sponsored by Hemisphere Freight Services and Donnelly Watson Carpets and Flooring. Understandably, she’s hugely grateful for the support.

“I really want to give a special thanks to Andy and Sarah at StrategiQ, Louis Perrin at Hemisphere and Scott Watson at Donnelly Watson for believing in me, sponsoring me and helping me raise money for Cancer Research UK.”

While the sponsorship deadline has passed, if you are interested in supporting Kara on her upcoming endeavour, you can still donate to her JustGiving page here.

Want to Kill Cancer With Kara “The Killer” Thurkettle?

Kara has been in training for a number of months and will make her boxing debut in the Best Western in Ipswich on December 16th. She says: “The pain of defeat or a bloody nose is only temporary compared to the pain of losing someone to cancer, so I felt this was the least I could do to support such an important cause.”

Of course, we’ll be there cheering on Kara. If you wish to join us, you can buy tickets here.

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