Jools Holland at charity cheque presentation by bomb squad at Carver Barracks

The cheque presentation at Carver Barracks with Captain Tommy Roach, Jools Holland, Melanie Mough

The cheque presentation at Carver Barracks with Captain Tommy Roach, Jools Holland, Melanie Moughton, chief executive of the Felix Fund, Professor Simon Baron-Cohen director of Cambridge University’s Autism Research Trust and Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Dickie Hawkins MBE. - Credit: Archant

Celebrity Jools Holland was at a special presentation at Carver Barracks near Saffron Walden after £50,000 was raised at a charity boxing event organised by soldiers stationed there working in bomb disposal.

The £50,000 raised was split between two charities, The Bomb Disposal Charity, the Felix Fund and the Autism Research Trust, each receiving £25,000.

The musician is a patron of the Autism Research Trust and also honorary colonel of the regiment. Also at the presentation was Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, a Cambridge specialist in autism who said: “This money will go to great use assisting our research as we seek to better understand autism and ensure the people affected receive the best possible support.”

The second Sappers versus Gunners charity boxing match was held at Stamford Bridge in July when 400 guests enjoyed nine bouts of boxing, a four-course meal and auction.

Commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Dickie Hawkins MBE of 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) based at Carver Barracks said: “We are so pleased to have held such a successful boxing event for the second time. In 2015, we raised over £41,000 for charity and to have exceeded that at the 2016 event is fantastic. The two charities are so deserving and knowing there will be many beneficiaries from what was a wonderful evening, makes it all worth while.”

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