'Ring girls' will no longer wear revealing outfits at events for CRUK

A Third Sector investigation found that some event attendees were upset to see the women employed to hold up signs wearing leotards and stockings

Cancer Research UK has said that the "ring girls" employed at boxing matches in aid of the charity will wear evening dress in the future after a Third Sector investigation highlighted concerns over their revealing outfits.

Ultra White Collar Boxing, a partner that has raised more than £16m for the charity since 2013 through its boxing events, had routinely employed "ring girls" wearing leotards and other revealing outfits to hold signs and charity collection buckets during its charity boxing matches.

CRUK has been in discussions with Ultra Events, which runs the boxing events, after Third Sector made the charity aware in December that some event attendees were surprised and upset to see women employed in this way.

Michelle Mitchell, chief executive of CRUK, told Third Sector that, after the discussions, the women would no longer be wearing revealing outfits.

"We have had a very open conversation with our partner, Ultra Events, about the role that ringside card-holders have at its events and are pleased that men and women will appear together at each event whenever possible," Mitchell said.

"It’s updated us on its plans for ringside card-holders to wear evening dress in the next season of events, which begin in March."

She said the charity was grateful to all the participants who had fundraised for CRUK through the boxing events.

Ultra Events said in January last year that it would continue to use ring girls and their male equivalents after Formula 1 racing bosses decided to end the tradition of using "grid girls" at its events. Ring girls were "part of the tradition of boxing", Ultra Events said at the time.

But a spokesman for the company has now told Third Sector: "We can confirm that the women holding up the round-announcement placards at our events will be dressed in evening wear and men will do this job when available when the new season begins in March."

He said the company was very proud of its fundraising record for CRUK and its target was to raise a total of £20m for the charity by 2020.

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