Christmas is a great time of year for some, but for many it can be an extremely difficult period financially, particularly with the current cost of living crisis. With this in mind, British, European and Commonwealth cruiserweight boxing champion Chris Billam-Smith is launching ‘The 12 Days of CBSmas’ in partnership with BOXXER, to raise money for The Dorset Children’s Foundation who work to support local children living with disabilities and their families who may be struggling financially at this time of year.
Launching on Tuesday the 6th of December, the charity campaign will run for 12 days up until Saturday 17th of December, the same night when Chris Billam-Smith is headlining against Armend Xhoxhaj live on Sky Sports at Bournemouth International Centre. Tickets to this fight can be purchased via the link here.
On each of the 12 days building up to his fight, a famous face will announce a different item that they’re donating to the charity using the hashtag #12DaysofCBSmas. The festive campaign will run across the Instagram and Twitter pages of Chris Billam-Smith, The DCF, BOXXER and other celebrity friends. Anyone wanting to follow along with the campaign’s journey can do so via Chris’s Instagram page here.
Supporters wishing to get their hands on each item will have the opportunity to bid for them via the DCF’s Ebay page and can keep up to date through their Facebook page here. with each item being awarded to the highest bidder. All of the items are due to be individually auctioned off 7 days after they are announced, with all the proceeds going directly to the Dorsets Children’s Foundation charity.
“I have been a long term ambassador and supporter for the Children’s Dorset Foundation since 2018 and am honoured to be able to do my bit this Christmas to help out those that need it” said Chris Billam Smith, “With the help of BOXXER and friends, I look forward for some wonderful items being auctioned off, with 100% of proceeds going towards the charity”.
Patsy Hallmey, Co-Founder of The Dorset Children’s Foundation said: “It is wonderful to have Chris Billam-Smith as our Ambassador. We love how he is directly involved and has met many of our families so see’s their needs first hand. This is a wonderful and exciting campaign and we are thrilled to be able to benefit from it. All monies raised will go directly to improve the lives of local disabled children, every penny. Thank you Chris and to everyone who takes part.”
Direct donations to the DCF can be made via the link to their website here.
About Chris Billam-Smith
Chris Billam-Smith, also known as ‘The Gentlemen’, is a 32-year-old British boxing champion who made his professional debut in 2017 under the tutelage of Shane McGuigan, and has since then projected himself through the ranks, currently standing as the current Commonwealth, British and European Cruiserweight Champion along with holding the WBA Continental Cruiserweight title.
Born in Epsom and raised in his hometown of Bournemouth, Chris originally tried his hand at boxing when he was 16 years old, winning a national title and reaching two national elite finals before deciding to go professional with the sport in 2017. His latest victory was against Isaac Chamberlain, which bumped his impressive record up to 16-1 (11 KOs).
Alongside his phenomenal boxing career, Chris also hosts his own podcast called ‘The Perfect Athlete Podcast’ and works as an ambassador for both The Dorset Children’s Foundation and a leading sports nutrition company called Nutrition X.
About The Dorset Children’s Foundation
The DCF was founded in 2013 and is a small, independent charity created to enhance the lives of local children with disabilities and support their families who might be struggling with problems related to the impact of the disability by funding medical expenses, mobility equipment, counselling and therapies that are not funded by the NHS. They also offer help by funding life enriching experiences, support groups, ‘Stay and Play’ sessions and an ‘Accessible for All’ programme of play and sports activities that help bring families of disabled children together. Additionally, the DCF also supports educational workshops on disability to help raise awareness amongst the younger generations and work towards building a more inclusive society.
The DCF have three successful charity shops and their sales cover all of their modest overheads meaning that every penny donated goes to support a local disabled child. The charity lives by their motto “we’re big enough to make a difference, small enough to care”.
Donations to the DCF can be made via their website here.
12 days of CBSMas
Twas the night before CBSmas, when all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The gloves were hung by the ring with care,
In hope that CBS soon would be there;
The items were uploaded and set to go live,
with The Dorset Children’s Foundation URL, and starting bid all applied.
Each famous face, friends, supporters and fans,
eagerly awaiting the instagram spams.
CBS sat happy, watching his screen,
knowing the proceeds raised were helping those in need.
As the clock struck midnight, to his team he gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But CBS exclaimed, as he drove out of sight—
“Happy CBSmas to all, and to all a good night!”