According to her three-year-old son Elliott, Kim Edwards is the ‘bravest mum in the whole wide world’.
Just to prove it, the fun-loving 32-year-old from Horncastle will step into a boxing ring for the first time later this month to raise money for UK Cancer Research.
Even some of the biggest bruisers in the business will tell you it takes special courage and commitment to step through the ropes.
Kim, though, stands just over four feet ten ‘and a bit’ and admits that she’s not usually the type to pick a fight with anyone.
However, she’ll be hoping to pack a mighty punch when she takes on an opponent in a white collar boxing event in Lincoln on November 29.
“I’m not at all aggressive,” says Kim, “but when I heard about this event - and the fantastic charity it will raise money for - I just thought ‘why not?’ I had to give it a go.
“I don’t think I’m brave People who fight cancer, they’re brave.”
Kim is the only person from this area who will be taking part in the event.
She’s been training for several weeks - managing to combine regular stints in the gym with her studies at college.
Kim is hoping to qualify as a beauty therapist and is also taking a degree in childhood studies through the Open University.
On top of that, there’s looking after little Elliott.
She adds: “I told Elliott what I was doing and took him to one of the training sessions.
“After it was over, he gave me a big cuddle and said - ‘Mummy, you are really, really brave’.
“I could have cried. I don’t know whether I’m brave or stupid - or a bit of both!”
Kim has been sharpening her boxing skills against opponents in no holes barred sparring sessions.
She explains: “It is really difficult - being told to hit someone you don’t really know.
“One of the first times I was punched, it was in my stomach and that really hurt.
“I just made sure I hit back even harder!”
Attending training in Lincoln highlights Kim’s commitment and her determination to make an impact on the big night.
She adds: “It can be tough sometimes, especially after a long day but I’ve got to put the work in.
“When I think I’m tired, I just remember the family and friends who have suffered from cancer.
“ Paul, my current partner, had a heart attack at the age of 30 and had to have four stents fitted.
“ Once I have raised as much money as I can for cancer, I am looking to do the same for British Heart Foundation. “
Kim has already sold ten tables for the Lincoln event but tickets are still available. She has also set up a Just Giving page.
lWhite collar boxing events are one of Cancer Research’s biggest fund-raisers, accounting for around £225,000 a month. Nationally, they have raised £2.5m to date.
..so what’s the chances of getting front page n waiting a wk or too to get that coverage? plus it will be closer to the event...n yes whenever we decide I can come to the office. Hope you have a good week.
My other half had to go into hospital last night with chest pains, as he had a heart attack last yr. They think it’s angina so keeping him so I won’t get to u Monday, however my promoter suggested doing a piece on the even maybe 2 wks before the even as by then ill know how much I have raised n who is donating from the locals so could give them a mention. What do u think..sorry my life is so manic had a great training session last night but can lift my arms today!