About us

How the cornermen started


John Houston

I opened the South Moreton Boxing Club over 16 years ago but in recent years, and particularly after lockdown, I’ve noticed that we’ve had many more people through the club suffering from anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance and alcohol abuse, and general bad mental health.

I really want to do something to make a positive impact on this situation.

Steve james

Much of my experience over the last 20 years comes from working in services for the homeless. In those last two decades I have come across many instances of self-harm, people expressing suicidal thoughts, attempts and deaths from suicide -especially when support has been withdrawn.

One of the influential reasons behind the idea of The Cornermen.

Jason James

I’ve been working as a Support Worker for around 7 years. It’s absolutely amazing to be able to support to others because at one stage in my life, I needed support so I know how it feels receiving it.

I’m proud to be a part of The Cornermen and I’m looking forward to helping improve people’s lives around the area.


Any donations are massively appreciated but there are other ways in which you can support The Cornermen.


Tim Witherspoon

Former two time World Heavyweight Champion Tim Witherspoon back The Cornermen appeal.

Julius Francis

Former British Heavyweight Champion, Lonsdale Belt holder and Mike Tyson opponent Julius Francis endorses The Cornermen appeal.

Damien Dempsey

Leading Irish Singer/Songwriter Damien Dempsey talks to John Houston about The Cornermen and his own struggles with depression.


SOFEA Sessions Podcast

Posted: March 12, 2024

John and Steve were invited onto the SOFEA sessions Podcast. They talk to Podcast host Nichola Smith, who is Therapeutic…

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Steve Vinnicombe

The Cornermen welcome Steve Vinnicombe to the project.

Posted: February 27, 2024

One of the main objectives we have this year at the Cornermen is to look to secure our long term…

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The Cornermen Documentary

Posted: January 30, 2024

Film maker Aimee Yasmin Billingsley makes a short documentary (8min) about The Cornermen.

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