MMA fight fans support Lochaber food bank

Lewis Simpson loads up one of the two cars needed to hold the 50 bags donated to the Lochaber Food Bank. Photograph: Iain Ferguson,

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A Fort William Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) enthusiast has harnessed the
power of the sport’s followers and participants from across the world in
raising money for Lochaber Food Bank, writes Iain Ferguson.

Lewis Simpson is heavily involved in the media side of the activity through contributing to a dedicated website called Overtime Heroics MMA, where he has been writing about and interviewing fighters weekly for over a year.

Lewis and his girlfriend Kirsten came up with the idea of using the platform to reach out to fighters and invite them to donate shorts worn in their fights, sign gloves and other MMA memorabilia to auction off for charity.

Their intention is that all funds raised by this would go to a good cause within the Lochaber community, with the hope to raise enough to support several organisations.

This month they supplied the food bank with 50 packages of hand chosen items, which they bought, packed in individual bags and delivered, ready to be picked up at the distribution centre in Fort William High Street.

Lewis said: ‘We are doing this through The Fight First Foundation which
is not a charity itself, but exists to help other charities.

‘We have spoken to several local charities and hope to offer them help as well.

‘A popular bid this time were the shorts worn by Oliver Enkamp, Bellator MMA Welterweight which raised £600 and we are very grateful to him for his donation. I would also like to thank everyone who shared the pages and bid on the items.’

Items which are donated are sold through eBay to give as wide a reach as possible and raise as much as possible, with links posted on The First Fight Foundation Facebook page.

The next one should take place in a couple of weeks’ time.

Caption: Lewis Simpson loads up one of the two cars needed to hold the 50 bags donated to the Lochaber Food Bank. Photograph: Iain Ferguson,