Children at a boxing club have been given an early Christmas present after they were handed a grant.

Box Cleva, which meets at the Hertswood Centre, in Potters Lane, Borehamwood, were struggling to find the cash to continue running next year.

But Hertsmere Borough Councillors handed organiser Bob Williams £2,000 from the Ward Improvement Scheme (WIIS) to help cover the costs of hiring the hall.

Mr Williams, a firefighter at Borehamwood Fire Station, said: “I would have found a way to keep on running – I always find a way. However, this grant makes it so much easier. 

“I would like to thank each and every councillor who helped put the cash in, it is very much appreciated. We could not have done this without their generosity.

“They were and always have been the ones that have pushed this initiative forward. I am over the moon, I really am.”

The non-contact club helps children aged eight to 15 control their anger in a safe environment.

During the weekly sessions, children are also taught about substance abuse, drug awareness and healthy eating.

Under the WIIS, each councillor has been given £1,000 to spent on local projects – and nine councillors banded together to help raise the £2,000 needed for Boxcleva.

Councillor Ernie Butler, who donated £200 to the club, said: “Since it started last year, Box Cleva has provided a real service to our local community to benefit youngsters from across Borehamwood.

“I would like to thank all the other councillors who contributed to this worthwhile cause.”

Other councillors who contributed include Di Hoeksma and Ann Harrison (Cowley Hill), Susan Maughan, Sam Dobin and Dr Harvey Cohen (Brookmeadow), Pat Strack (Kenilworth) and Sandra Parnell (Hillside).

The group were also given a further £3,000 grant from Herts Fire and Rescue Service. 

For more information about Box Cleva, phone Bob Williams on 07950 573 448.