Boxing mum smashes NICU fundraising target

A mum has smashed her fundraising target after taking part in her first ever boxing match to raise money for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) which saved the life of her baby three years ago.

Isla Tobias was born at just 24 weeks and spent the first five months of her life in NICU at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. She was given only a 10% chance of survival after being born by Caesarean at 24 weeks weighing just 1lb 4oz before undergoing surgery for a gut and bowel perforation.

Now Jasmine Tobias, from Coltishall, has raised £1,125 from a charity event at Epic Studios, in Norwich, on April 13 in her first ever fight.

She said: “It was a brilliant experience. A big build-up of 11 hard weeks’ training, changing my diet, pushing myself way out of my comfort zone, putting every ounce of effort and energy I had into training with the fight ending with a brilliant draw against a tough opponent in Natalie Jane who was fighting for the third time.

“Doing this was a huge thing for me, being so unfit, hating exercise and the most self-conscious person you could ever meet.

“I’m so proud. Proud of myself for finally doing this after joking about it so many times and doing it. Proud for going all the way with training. Proud for stepping out of that ring and feeling so happy that I gave it my all. I honestly don’t know what I was worried about. But most of all proud of myself to be fighting for the babies fighting for their lives in NICU and currently sitting on £1,225.

“NICU did so much for us as a family and without them our little fighter wouldn’t be here today.”

Jasmine’s boxing match came two years after husband Troy also took part in a charity fight, also in support of the NICU.

You still have time to support Jasmine and the NICU by making donation to her Just Giving page

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