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Branston kickboxer Chris Squirrell will compete in honour of his dad

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: September 02, 2014

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A RETIRED kickboxing champion is set to step into the ring once more to raise money in honour of his dad, who is in the advanced stages of motor neurone disease.

Chris Squirrell, who runs Burton Kickboxing Academy, has picked up training after six years away from competing to join Team England in a trip to the Unified World Championships in Italy.

The 46-year-old said he was given the idea following the recent 'ice bucket challenge' craze, which has raised the profile of motor neurone disease for many people.

He said: "People have gone crazy for it, but I thought rather than stick a bucket of water over my head I would do something bigger.

"I have no desire at all to compete any more – there is only one motivation for me, and that's to do it for my dad."

Brian Squirrell was diagnosed with motor neurone disease three years ago, after heading to the GP with pains in his back and shoulder.

The Branston man has gone from being a strong and active man to someone unable to move or do anything for himself.

"He had a full-time job, and he went from that to being a presence on a pillow. It doesn't affect his mind, though. He's as sharp as the day is long," Mr Squirrell said.

There is no known cure for motor neurone disease.

Mr Squirrell has already raised more than £500 in sponsorship, with eight weeks still to go. To support his efforts, visit www.justgiving.com/Chris-Squirrell1

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