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A project manager at Webhelp UK has pushed herself to the limits by competing in a world-famous boxing event at Barnsley Metrodome, raising over £3,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Christy Winfield, 35 from Barnsley, who works at the Manvers site of leading customer experience provider, Webhelp UK, undertook a gruelling eight week professional boxing training schedule in preparation for the Ultra White Collar Boxing event.

On the night, 600 spectators watched Christy hold her own in the ring against an opponent who was a stone heavier and 6 inches taller. What's more, Christy won with the judges announcing a unanimous win to the red corner.

Christy said: "This was such a fantastic event to be part of. Reaching the £3,000 mark in donations and tickets sold for the event, is unbelievable – everyone has been so generous, especially my colleagues at Webhelp. People that know me know I like to push myself to the limits, but this time I really wanted to do something that would benefit such a worthy cause."

Fellow Webhelp Project Manager; Dan Wiernicki added: "We were all very impressed with Christy's performance on the night. She was 100% committed to the cause and trained very hard for it. It’s great to see that everyone has been so supportive and generous with donations."

White Collar Boxing originated in the legendary Gleason’s gym in New York in 1988. The first contest was held between Dr Richard Novak, a lawyer, and Dr David Lawrence, who held a PhD in English Literature. Since then, white collar boxing has been the fastest growing corporate contact sport in the world.

Webhelp acquired the Dearne Valley site in 2013 when it bought leading contact centre operator, HEROtsc. When HEROtsc took over the former T-Mobile site at Manvers in 2004, staff numbers had dwindled to less than 300. Today the thriving Dearne Valley centre has over 830 employees working for leading trade names such as Vodafone, E.ON and Office Depot – with an ongoing recruitment and training programme to bring new jobs to the area.

At the end of 2013, the Paris-headquartered Webhelp Group announced plans to recruit over 600 new people throughout its UK network with 150 new permanent positions at its Dearne Valley site.

Webhelp UK website
Ultra White Collar Boxing website

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