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Getting to a much better place – Laura’s story

Laura (not her actual name) struggled with her attendance at school and had problems at home.  She experienced low mood, low self-confidence and feelings of anger.  Laura’s clinical psychologist at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) referred her to Empire Fighting Chance with the support of her school.

Laura’s first Training with the Champions session was spent in the car, which she refused to leave.  Over the next few weeks Laura progressed to sessions in the gym and began to build a positive relationship with her coach.

Laura explained that the sessions were making her feel happy as she felt sad a lot of the time.  Laura continued to make significant progress. She completed the Amateur Boxing Association of England’s Junior Boxing Organisers Award and even represented Empire Fighting Chance on a visit to the Mayor of Bristol at City Hall.

Her school reported that Laura had improved her attendance and attitude and her mental health was improving.  Laura’s dad had this to say about her experience with us: “Laura’s time at Empire Fighting Chance has really played a big part in getting Laura out of her deep depression, to the much better place she’s in today.  Her time spent with you all there has been such a great experience for her.”

Find out more about Empire Fighting Chance by exploring the Feeder Canal Route on Bristol Giving Day.


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Quartet Community Foundation brings together people who want to help the local community with projects that make a real difference. Our main focus at Quartet Community Foundation is to change people’s lives for the better across the West of England. We are part of a national network of 46 quality accredited Community Foundations that match those who want to give money locally with those organisations and charities working to improve local communities.

Bristol Giving Day joins together businesses and local community causes to spread generosity across the city. One day in the year we strive to inspire extra charitable giving and right proper fun to make a big difference to local causes. Organised by Quartet Community Foundation with the support of the Bristol business community, Bristol Giving Day calls proud Bristolians to join together to love our city.

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