A mixed martial arts club in Redditch has raised more than £20,000 thanks to charity 'Fight Nights'. 

Around 26 novices and experienced fighters took to the ring last week to showcase their fighting skills following an intensive 10-week programme. 

The event was organised by Redditch Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in support of the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity's specialist fund - The Worcestershire Neonatal Unit Fund. 

The gym owners at Redditch MMA, Jess and James Whiston, wanted to give something back to the charity in thanks for the care their son received. 

Sophie Burt, head of fundraising and community development, at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity, said: "The support Redditch MMA has shown has been exceptional and the total raised is a phenomenal amount which will make a real difference for our patients, their families, staff and services in the Neonatal and Transitional Care Units, thank you to everyone involved.

"As a charity, we exist to provide over and above enhancements. The funds raised will support special events, projects and experiences beyond the core NHS provision.  

"As well as much-needed practical support, the funds also allow Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity to provide special extras for the babies and their families. All donations make a huge difference."

This is the sixth 'Fight Night' held by Redditch MMA and marked a milestone for the club after it raised more than £20,000 in total across the series of events. 

Redditch MMA is now planning its next Fight Night for November 16 in support of The Worcestershire Neonatal Unit Fund.

Those interested in taking part can join the 10-week free training programme which starts in September. 

For more information contact Redditch MMA on Facebook or attend the gym in person for registration on September 9.