Darts players hit the £250,000 bullseye for young cancer patients with national tournament

Darts teams from J D Wetherspoon pubs across the UK stepped up to the oche for young cancer patients in a charity tournament.

The Royal Oak team, winners of the J D Wetherspoon annual darts competition

The annual darts event, which raised £249,761, was won by the Royal Oak pub in Dorchester, who topped the table of 564 teams from 465 pubs across the country.

The competition supported CLIC Sargent, the cancer support charity for patients aged under 25 and their families.

The national final, held in Nottingham’s Trent Bridge Inn, saw the culmination of 81 area heats in January, followed by 12 regional finals held in February. 

The Royal Oak emerged triumphant from the final 12 teams, beating the Bishop Vesey team from Sutton Coldfield by four games to three.

Team captain Colum Siddon said: “We weren’t exactly confident going into it because a couple of our players hadn’t played much darts before. But it was great to win.

“The final was really close actually. We went 3-1 ahead before they pulled it back to level. Then we just managed to win the last round.

“There was a great atmosphere and it was a good opportunity to meet other pubs. We will definitely be back to defend our trophy next year.”

Teams from the Brocket Arms, Wigan and Coronation Hall, Surbiton bowed out in the semi-finals of the competition. The George Inn, in Sandbach, the Yr Ieuan Ap Iago, in Aberdare, The White Hall Inn, Tiverton, and the Golden Bee, in Stratford Upon Avon were all knocked out in the quarter finals. The Bobbing Joan, in Alloa, the Robert Pocock in Gravesend, the Half Moon Inn, in Birmingham and Percy Shaw, in Halifax, were knocked out in group stages.

CLIC Sargent Lead Account Manager Sarah Colberg said: “We have to say a huge thank you to all of the hundreds of J D Wetherspoon staff who took part in this brilliant tournament.

“The final day saw some fantastic play and there was a brilliant, competitive atmosphere.

"This event has raised a huge sum of money, which will help CLIC Sargent fight for young lives struck by cancer.”

CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children, young people and their families. Its care teams provide specialized 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 Nick Edmondson on 020 8752 2856 or email nick.edmondson@clicsargent.org.uk. Outside office hours please call 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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