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Mandy Aston is fighting for her stroke patients

By 23 January 2024January 31st, 2024No Comments
A woman wearing an Airedale Charity t-shirt and black boxing gloves, holding up her fists in a boxing pose and smiling at the camera

Mandy Aston

Mandy Aston, an Assistant Practitioner in the Community Stroke Team at Airedale Hospital, is stepping into the boxing ring on 16 March 2024 to raise funds for Airedale Hospital & Community Charity.

The funds raised will help the Community Stroke team, and Mandy hopes to raise as much as she can for her cause. Rehabilitation and therapy items are just a few of the things she is hoping to raise money for.

Mandy said:

“I have chosen to raise money for the charity because I think Airedale is an amazing hospital with the best staff. The Community Stroke Team is incredible (I know – I work there!), and I have never worked in such a dedicated, professional, and caring team. Our patients really do get the best therapy we can offer. We strive to be able to offer new, evidence-based technology to our patients.

“I have two family members who have been affected by strokes, so this cause is also very personal to me.”

A large group of people sitting on chairs in a large room, grinning and holding various thumbs-up and fighting poses at the camera

Mandy with the Ultra White Collar Boxing team

Mandy will be training with Ultra White Collar Boxing for eight weeks before entering the boxing ring on ‘Fight Night,’ where she will box with one of the other members of the group at Blackburn Rovers FC.

She added:

“I saw the White Collar Boxing Challenge and was instantly drawn to do it. Both of my sons box, so I thought by doing it myself they might start to understand what it’s like for me if they are the ones on the other side of the ropes!”

Inspiring other women is also one of Mandy’s motivators for completing the challenge.

She added:

“Completing this challenge is really important to me as I am a woman in my 50s and peri-menopausal, which can be really challenging. I know that many women are going through it along with me — so as well as boxing for charity, I hope that I can inspire other women that age is but a number, that they are strong, and that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to.”

Laura Hepworth, our Community Fundraiser, said:

“Mandy is so incredibly brave to be taking on such an intense challenge, all to raise money for our Community Stroke Team here at Airedale Hospital.

“Everyone at Airedale Hospital & Community Charity wishes her the best of luck, and we’re so grateful for her enthusiasm and support for our hospital.”

Read more of Mandy’s story and help her reach her fundraising goal at

Funds raised for Airedale Hospital and Community Charity go towards the improvement of staff and patient wellbeing at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and the surrounding community, providing items and services that are above and beyond NHS provision.

To learn more about Airedale Hospital and Community Charity, contact us at or phone 01535 294870.