Frank and Ricky’s bid is a bel­ter


FOR­MER world box­ing cham­pion Frank Bruno has launched a new fight to help peo­ple with men­tal ill health.

He is spear­head­ing a foun­da­tion pro­mot­ing ex­er­cise and non-con­tact box­ing as a way for peo­ple to counter de­pres­sion and bipo­lar dis­or­der.

Frank, 54, is backed by a string of stars who joined hun­dreds of box­ing fans at the foun­da­tion’s launch at Champ­neys Health Spa in Tring, Herts.

The celebs in­cluded fel­low ex-world champ Ricky Hat­ton, foot­ball’s Ian Wright and EastEn­ders star Jake Wood.

Frank, who suf­fers from bipo­lar dis­or­der, said: “The aim is to bring healthy body and healthy mind ap­proaches to­gether to pro­vide a holis­tic and en­joy­able ap­proach to sup­port­ing peo­ple with prob­lems.”

Ricky, who has bat­tled de­pres­sion, said: “Frank is show­ing he is as big a champ out­side the ring as he was in.”

Champ­neys owner Stephen Pur­dew spon­sored the event, which raised thou­sands for the foun­da­tion. He said: “Frank’s work is in­spi­ra­tional.”

Bruno has been cam­paign­ing along­side the Sun­day Mir­ror and the Time To Change ini­tia­tive to break down the stigma around men­tal health.

He will de­tail his re­cov­ery in a new book Let Me Be Frank, out next month. ■■See the­frankbruno­foun­da­

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