Macclesfield dad fundraises for charity with MMA fight this spring

By Imogen Strickland

19th Feb 2024 | Local News

Joe Norcup is hoping to raise £1000 for charity this April.  (Image - Alexander Greensmith / Macclesfield Nub News)
Joe Norcup is hoping to raise £1000 for charity this April. (Image - Alexander Greensmith / Macclesfield Nub News)

A Macclesfield resident is hoping to raise £1000 for charity.

Joe Norcup is a Macclesfield dad and owner of local security firm React Services.

He will take part in an MMA (mixed martial arts) fight this spring to raise money for The Autism Trust.

Macclesfield Nub News met with Joe to find out more about his fundraising.

Click the link at the bottom of this article to donate to Joe's crowdfunder. (Image - Macclesfield Nub News)

"I've got a 3-year-old son who's got autism," he explains.

Joe found out about the fundraising event on Facebook, he mentions, "It was a case of sign up and work out how I was gonna do it after!"

The fight will be Joe's first time back in the ring for 8 years.

"I used to train years ago in Macc," he said.

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"I started doing it for mental health, something to focus on.

"It massively helps."

The Macclesfield man will step into the ring on April 6 at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester.

Each fighter has a charity they are raising money for. His fundraiser for The Autism Trust can be found here. And he's already raised £695.

Joe outside Macclesfield Town Hall. (Image - Alexander Greensmith / Macclesfield Nub News)

It's a ticketed event with standing tickets at £25 or £450 for a VIP table with 10 seats. Joe is also seeking sponsorships from local businesses.

"Anybody who donates more than £50 from a business will get a shout out on the night," he explains.

"It's a white shirt, black tie event. I think there's about 50 fighters all together."

Joe only finds out the name of his opponent 2 weeks before the fight. He doesn't seem too worried though.

The event will have a 'big city' feel, taking place at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Stratford, Manchester. (Image - Google)

"They match it on height, weight, ability, to pick a fair opponent for you."

"Thank you to anyone who donates!" he concluded.

Joe is fundraising through JustGiving, donations can be made online via this link

Tickets for the event can be purchased here.

Macclesfield Nub News contacted The Autism Trust for comment.

     

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