J D Wetherspoon darts tournament raises more than £214,000 for young cancer patients

Darts teams from J D Wetherspoon pubs across the country have raised an incredible £214,516.08 for CLIC Sargent in a charity tournament.

J D Wetherspoon darts tournament raises more than £214,000 for young cancer patients

The annual darts event was won by the Brocket Arms pub in Wigan, which topped the table of 471 teams across the country. 

Now in its sixth year, the competition was in support of CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer support charity for children and young people. 

The national final was held at Nottingham’s Trent Bridge Inn on 5 March, following 79 area heats and 11 regional finals.  

The Brocket Arms came top out of the final 12 teams, which included players from The Last Post in Paisley, The Sawyers Arms in Maesteg, J J Moons in Tooting, The Sun in Redhill, The Royal Oak in Dorchester, The Billiard Hall in West Bromwich, The High Main in Byker, The Standing Order in Derby, The White Ball Inn in Tiverton, The Commercial Inn in Sowerby Bridge and The Three Tun Tavern in Blackrock. 

Pub manager and Brocket Arms team captain, Tom Quinn, said: “We got through to the semi-finals last year, so we wanted to do one better and take the title this year. 

“There’s a big darts culture in Wigan and we play in our local league. We put a couple of extra darts boards up in the pub, and have been playing flat-out every week, putting the hours in practicing in the evenings and after work.

“It was tough competition again this year and it came down to the last leg of the knockouts on the big day.

"It’s all been worth it, playing for a fantastic cause, and the staff in our pub really got behind our fundraising for CLIC Sargent. 

“As for the competition next year, we are hoping to retain our title, but we don’t want to get too excited about it just yet!”

Jemma Syms, CLIC Sargent Corporate Account Manager, said: “We want to say a huge thank you to all of the J D Wetherspoon staff that took part in this brilliant tournament. 

“The event has raised an incredible amount of money which will help CLIC Sargent’s fight for young lives struck by cancer.”

J D Wetherspoon recently celebrated having raised £15 million for CLIC Sargent since its partnership with the charity began in 2002.

CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children, young people and their families. Its care teams provide specialised support across the UK, including social workers, nurses, play specialist, financial grants and free accommodation near treatment centres.

For more information, an interview or images, please contact Rebecca Bourley on 020 8752 2938 or email rebecca.bourley@clicsargent.org.uk. Out of hours contact 08448 481189. 

About cancer in children and young people

Today, 11 more children and young people in the UK will hear the devastating news that they have cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Although survival rates are over 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK.

About CLIC Sargent

When cancer strikes young lives CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health. CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading charity for young cancer patients and their families. We provide specialist support, to help and guide each young cancer patient and their family. We will fight tirelessly for them, individually, locally and nationally. For more information, visit www.clicsargent.org.uk

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