The Frank Bruno Foundation is a direct result of Frank wanting to give something back to the community. Frank has faced challenges both in and out of the ring and has always done so with determination, dignity, humour and humility.
It is Frank’s bravery and honesty in talking about his battles with mental health issues, which continue to earn him the respect of those whose affection he won as a boxer. It is fitting then that supporting sufferers of mental ill-health is where Frank feels his attention is best focused.
Frank has spoken openly of how exercise has played a vital role throughout his life whilst training as a professional boxer, and more recently in his battle with mental health challenges. Through his recent autobiography Frank has found the benefits of talking and sharing his experiences has not only enabled him to help others but the public responses have empowered him to accept his own previous mental health challenges.
The Frank Bruno Foundation is currently fundraising to open a centre that will provide a base for structured non-contact boxing sessions and well-being programmes for any one over the age of 10 years old; who are experiencing problems with mental ill health, The Round by Round programme will consist of 12 weekly sessions of wellbeing and non-contact boxing. The centre will be open 5 days a week for different clients to access. To discuss future referrals in the first instance please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The aim is to bring healthy-body and healthy-mind approaches together to provide a holistic and enjoyable approach to supporting all clients with mental ill health. This may help:
Develop social skills
Increase mental wellbeing
Focusing on these key areas will help to support social inclusion and to fight stigma. The programme will strive to assist participants to, build on their existing physical and emotional strengths and achievements. Our aspiration is that participants will use the skills they learn on the programme to develop a happier, more fulfilling and successful future. We will also offer signposting to any other appropriate agencies should this be requested.