Leicester MMA charity event aims to take the fight to cancer

By Adam Dutton

A Leicestershire mixed martial arts event is set to take place in April to raise funds in support of  Cancer Research UK.

Ultra Events are organising an MMA charity event set for April 26 at Leicester City FC’s King Power Stadium.

The company runs a series of nationwide events, all with the intention of raising funds for Cancer Research. The company has raised a total of £894,372 nationwide so far, with the total for Leicestershire currently sitting at £18,386.

Mikey O’Connell, 20, is one of the fighters taking part. Mikey, who lives in Loughborough and works in communications, used to compete at a younger age, but had to stop at the age of 16 due to injuries and work commitments. This event will be his first fight in a long while.

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Mikey O’Connell

He said: “I’ve lost both grandparents to cancer, with me recently losing my grandad in November. I will be fighting in memory of both my grandparents.

“I’ve been into mixed martial arts since I was 6. This will be the biggest event I’ve ever done. It’s taking me back to when I used to compete.”

He added: “The company provides 8 weeks of training for you at 1st Legion Fighters gym. When all that’s done, you get an opponent chosen for you, matched on your body type and skill.

“Every family at some stage will be affected by cancer so help me by donating to find a cure and also help support people dealing with cancer.”

The event is set for April 26 at the King Power Stadium. Anyone looking to help support Mikey or for any information relating to the events should click the links below.

Mikey’s donation page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Mikey-Oconnell

The event: https://www.ultra-mma.co.uk/events/leicester/


Experts discuss sustainable living in environmental debate


The sustainability debate in full flow

By Alex Murray

A free event took place at De Montfort University last week, with students and local experts joining together in a panel to discuss methods of reducing waste and helping the environment.

Zero Waste DMU was a panel organised by two politics students, and took place last week in the Hugh Aston Building.

The panel discussed various issues and solutions related to the Environment, with members of the sustainability team joining local experts and lecturers to debate the topics.

Issues being discussed included how students could reduce waste, how to live a waste free life and also the reasons why climate change was not being tackled enough by governments and councils.ESR

On the panel was Karl Letten, Environmental & Sustainability Officer for DMU, Emily Wallis, Sustainability Assistant at DMU, Charlotte Lingham, Green Behaviour Change Frontrunner, Dr Andrew Reeves, Lecturer in Energy and Sustainable Development, Mario Hernández Trejo a lecturer at DMU, David Morton from Leicester Friends of the Earth and Lauren Welch, who runs NADA which is a zero waste shop in Leicester City Centre.

During the panel, the sustainability team revealed several different initiatives they have been rolling out to encourage DMU students to be more sustainable.

Emily Wallis, speaking after the event, said that: “There are a range of different ways we are encouraging sustainability. A big one is trying to imbed sustainability within people’s modules so they are making sure that everyone is aware of sustainability and how it’s relating to their subject and hopefully they’ll take that forward into their career.”

She added: “There are also incentives for people to be a little bit more sustainable in the way their interact on campus. So we look at how people are getting to the university and we try and encourage them to travel sustainably, so there’s lots of facilities on campus for cyclists; discounts on buses such as the hospital hoppers, so people can ride them for free to get to campus.”

The university also rolled out a scheme to give every student a free re-usable coffee cup to all students, which saw a huge decrease in the use of non-recyclable coffee cups.

DMU Theatre Society performs spectaculathon to packed audience

By Isobel Rix

De Montfort University’s Theatre Society performed a Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon to a packed Y Theatre audience on Sunday (MAR17).

The show delivered traditional fairy tales in the way they were intended to be performed, including the original grisly details and endings.

Imogen Show

Image by Rebekah Whelan

Imogen Fitzgerald, 18, is the society’s secretary and performed as Cinderella.

“The show was an absolute success, everybody did so well and I’m beyond proud of the hard work that both the cast and committee put into it.

“It was interesting to tell the fairy tales in a different light as it relates more to a young adult audience humour which was our target as we are a university society.

“We wanted to do something that ourselves as the cast would enjoy as well.”

The performance began at 7pm and was the last of only two shows.

For further information about the society and future shows find them on social media.

Twitter: @demon_theatre

Facebook: Demon Theatre