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Kids come first for boxing couple

Sally & Keith Tate are about to celebrate their Ruby wedding anniversary. The pair have also run a boxiing club for over 35 years and fostered over 100 children.

Sally & Keith Tate are about to celebrate their Ruby wedding anniversary. The pair have also run a boxiing club for over 35 years and fostered over 100 children.

MARRIED couple Keith and Sally Tate have fostered hundreds of children during their life together.

The couple have also run a boxing club for 37 years, keeping young people healthy and off the streets.

Now celebrating 40 years of marriage, the couple are looking back on their years together.

Keith and Sally, who live in Cleckheaton, met in a pub in Leeds. They lived firstly in Castleford and Bradford, where they decided to take in foster children to live alongside their own four children.

Keith said he had come from a broken home and Sally was brought up in a care home, so they thought they were tailor made for fostering.

One of their first foster children was a boy that Keith had trained in his boxing club, and who came to them one Christmas Eve.

Keith said: “We had to go out and buy him presents so he would have something to wake up to the following day.”

The couple began fostering young people who were going through the court system – and ended up caring for more than 500 over 26 years.

Meanwhile Keith was building up his boxing club, now Cleckheaton Boxing Academy, in Balme Road, Cleckheaton. As well as winning six national titles himself, Keith has trained many successful boxers, including James Hare, Mark Hobson and Steven Conway, who won world titles.

The couple are encouraging people to sign up for fostering as they celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary tomorrow.

 

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