Public chooses boxing club for NHS cash in Dragons' Den event

A boxing club is one of 12 community groups to receive NHS funding after Yorkshire residents were asked to vote how they would like £10,000 spent.

Pitching for NHS funds can help give an insight into the work of the NHS (Photograph: SPL)
Pitching for NHS funds can help give an insight into the work of the NHS (Photograph: SPL)

Healthcare Republic reported earlier this week that NHS Hull had handed over control of the £10,000 of NHS cash to residents and asked them to vote for the schemes they backed.

Representatives of 12 organisations made three-minute pitches in the style of BBC TV's Dragons' Den programme and 11 received the full amount of funding requested with only one receiving a contribution to its plans.

The successful bidders were:

  • Fitness and nutrition sessions at a boxing club,
  • A bingo machine at a social club to reduce isolation,
  • Mountaineering residentials for a youth project,
  • A Wii Fit machine for a community group,
  • Sports equipment for a community association,
  • Cooking sessions at a community allotment,
  • Room hire for an exercise group,
  • Children's gardening sessions,
  • Traditional dance and fitness sessions for a Russian group,
  • A dance group for women,
  • Play equipment for primary school children, and,
  • Family fitness sessions including a Wii Fit.

Successful bidder Mike Gibbons, head coach of the City of Hull Amateur Boxing Club, said: ‘We want to be able to broaden our appeal and engage more people; male, female, young and old; in the non-contact elements of the sport.'

Andrew Phair, locality director (north) at NHS Hull, said: ‘For us, this was a really good way of working with the local community to decide what is right for them and then to deliver the kinds of schemes they will use to improve their health.

‘It also helped to give local people an insight into the work of NHS Hull, where there are often many worthwhile services to invest in but only a limited amount of money to spend, and where decision-making can therefore be very difficult.'

Editor's blog: Should the public have a say in how NHS funding is spent?

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