Published On: Thu, Dec 18th, 2014 on 2:29 pm

Fight night to be held in aid of Halifax girl with rare skin condition

Hollie Shaw Halifax Fight Night

Rachael Leyland (left) is helping raise money for Hollie Shaw (right).

EXCLUSIVE: Novice boxers are being urged to sign up to a charity fight night in aid of a local girl who suffers from a rare skin condition.

An event will be held on 14 March in aid of Hollie Shaw from Halifax, whose condition blisters her skin leaving it raw and painful.

She suffers from Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), which is caused by faulty genes and is a general term used to describe a group of rare inherited skin disorders that cause the skin to become very fragile.

Hollie Shaw HalifaxA condition with no cure, there are around 5,000 people living with EB in the UK.

Organisers of the upcoming fight night hope to raise £10,000 for Hollie’s family who will be able to buy a medical bath.

Co-organiser Rachael Leyland, who has helped organise boxing nights before, said: “I found out that Hollie’s mum wanted fundraising ideas, so I thought it would be a fantastic idea to raise the money in one night.

“Hollie has skin like a butterfly as it peels off and a medical bath will improve Hollie’s life dramatically. The bath will not only help Hollie but her mum too.”

Co-organiser Lee Brown, managing director of Essex-based Electrix Events, said: “Rachel is a lovely little girl and a medical bath will help make her life that little bit easier. Local hospices are very caring, but equipment is not sourced by anymore.

“We’ve had a good response for the event so far, but more fighters would be appreciated.”

The event will take place on 14 March at the Liquid nightclub in Halifax.

Boxers will take on three one-minute rounds wearing supplied 18oz gloves and headguards. If you’d like to get involved, please email

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- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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