(SEPT 29) One of the major news
stories round the world in recent years has been the dramatic
increase in numbers of refugees drowned or killed whilst trying
to escape war torn zones in all Continents. So it’s a pleasure
today to report on the activities of one Stacey Copeland who is
doing as much as she can to help those less fortunate than
England’s leading 69kg boxing hope for the European Women’s
Elite Championships in Sofia has had a few serious setbacks in
her time in the World of Sport, even before she became a boxer
and sadly she will not be able to take part in the above
mentioned Championships in the Bulgarian capital due to surgery
that ‘went wrong’ many weeks ago.
Stacey Copeland grew up immersed in boxing. Her dad boxed for
England before turning professional and her grandad boxed before
opening an amateur gym in the 1970’s. Stacey loved the sport and
was always watching boxing, or in the gym, sparring, training,
and going to all the shows with her club mates.
However, despite being just as good as the boys in her club,
Stacey could not compete as boxing was banned for women at that
She still has a full time job and is also well known in the UK
for occasional boxing commentary contributions to not only
‘England Boxing’ but more recently to the BBC Sport in
Manchester and at boxing tournaments in UK.
She first came to notice as a soccer player with Doncaster
Belles and had spells with clubs in the United States and in
Europe. For her though she could not compete in boxing due to
women’s boxing being banned in UK at that time hence she turned
to soccer to begin with before eventually returning to her
The name of Stacey Copeland is of course already well known to
WBAN readers and to all in the AIBA and EUBC boxing families for
her many titles not only in UK but throughout Europe and beyond.
Now she tackles yet another adventure, with all the energy she
normally devotes to her boxing.
Having hired a van to make the journey South, Stacey is hoping
to take a variety of sports equipment with her. She told local
‘Tameside Reporter Sport’: “Unfortunately I can’t compete at the
championships due to injury, so I’ve decided to spend my time
with those suffering in the Calais jungle.
“I’m heading there on October 22, but before I make the trip I
need donations of sports equipment to take with me.
“Mostly we need football and cricket equipment, plus trainers –
size 40-42 especially – and small/medium tracksuit bottoms and
“The camp is based on wasteland, so any sports equipment would
need to be useable.
“I’d massively appreciate support of any kind with my venture.”
Here Stacey tells us more about the cause and what she needs and
why – above all she would be delighted to receive donations via
GoFundMe from anyone
anywhere in the World to help fund her trip and above all to
assist those poor suffering children in Calais (France) many of
whose parents already perished in their native lands (including
Syria, Afghanistan and Libya to name but three of many).
“As you all know, I am currently injured and therefore my hopes
of representing England at the European Championships in
November have been crushed. I'm deeply gutted about this,
especially since it is due to a mistake (chemical burn) caused
However, I can't change that, I can only decide how to respond,
and I have decided to try and turn it into a positive, by
helping others, and those 'others' are children and youths in
the Jungle Refugee camp in Calais. I will be going there along
with (boyfriend) Mark Bebbington during my October school
holiday to help set up a boxing gym, run boxing sessions, sports
sessions, teach English, and help out in any way we can.
We know what a difference sport can make in people's lives, no
matter what situation they may be in, it can offer hope,
escapism, confidence, and the opportunity to feel part of
something, feel valued, and to just be a kid for that part of
Regardless of the politics involved, children are never at
fault, yet suffer greatly during times of conflict. I really
believe that by showing we care, it can make a difference, and I
know sport can have a lasting impact on people, just as it
always has on me.
I have already booked our transport, but it would really help if
I could raise some money towards petrol, van hire, and
accommodation etc. It will cost at least £1000 for the trip and
if I can raise an additional £500 towards it that would really
help with the expenses. Please donate if you can, and if you
have boxing or sports supplies such as equipment/sports clothing
or anything like that please let me know!! We'll be packing as
much stuff as possible into the van so any donations will be
greatly appreciated. Let me know if you have boxing/sports
equipment you can donate!
So that’s what she needs and every donation, big or small, will
It’s also an opportunity for fans of the sport at home and
abroad and that includes ALL Boxing Associations wherever in the
world you are, to contribute in
some small way towards making these Refugees ‘welcome’ and feel
that ‘somewhere, somewhere’ cares for them.
You can donate via this link and all donations will be
acknowledged and a receipt provided, so not only can
individuals, but any organisation or any business Company
Background information on Stacey Copeland:
Twitter update :