Wroxham & Coltishall

Mum fights for the little fighters

Just Regional
May 8, 2024 2 mins read

A Coltishall mum has smashed her fundraising target after taking part in her first boxing match to raise money for the  hospital which saved her daughter’s life.

Isla Tobias was born prematurely three years ago and spent the first five months of her life in the neonatal intensive care unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

She was given only a 10pc chance of survival after being born by caesarean section at 24 weeks, weighing just 1lb 4oz.

She then had to undergo surgery for a gut and bowel perforation, so her mum, Jasmine, wanted to do something to say thank-you.

And she decided to get sponsored to compete in a boxing match – raising £1,125 so far.

“It was a brilliant experience,” she said. “A big build-up of 11 hard weeks’ training, changing my diet, pushing myself way out of my comfort zone, putting every ounce of effort and energy I had into training…”

She fought against a tough opponent, Natalie Jane, who was fighting for the third time – but the match was declared a draw.

“Doing this was a huge thing for me, being so unfit, hating exercise and being the most self-conscious person you could ever meet,” said Jasmine.

“I’m so proud.

“Proud of myself for finally doing this after joking about it so many times and for doing it. Proud for going all the way with training. Proud for stepping out of that ring and feeling so happy that I gave it my all.

“I honestly don’t know what I was worried about.

“But most of all proud of myself to be fighting for the babies fighting for their lives in the NICU.

“The NICU did so much for us as a family and without them our little fighter wouldn’t be here today.”

You can still donate to her total by visiting www.justgiving.com/page/jt2414


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