UEL lecturer raises £800 in charity boxing bout

PUBLISHED: 15:26 10 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:32 10 April 2018

UEL psychology lecturer Dr Mary-Jane Budd in the ring. Picture: UEL

UEL psychology lecturer Dr Mary-Jane Budd in the ring. Picture: UEL


A lecturer at the University of East London raised hundreds of pounds for charity in her boxing debut — age 50.

Psychology lecturer Dr Mary-Jane Budd raised £840 for Cancer Research UK in a white collar boxing event on Sunday.

“I did it; and with no black eye in sight,” she said.

“I’m very proud of myself for getting into the ring after what has been an incredible journey—a physical and mental challenge and a half.”

The chartered psychologist and member of the British Psychological Society, who has taught at the campus in Stratford’s Water Lane for four years, underwent two months of intensive training to get fighting fit.

“I don’t like getting hit, so I won’t be returning to the ring, but I will continue the training,” she admitted.

The academic previously raised nearly £10,000 in long-distance cycling challenges for St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich, where she lives.

Dr Budd decided to swap spokes for sparring after her mother was diagnosed with cancer last year.

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