Darts fundraiser hits the target in Hartlepool for Miles for Men

WORLD class tungsten throwers arrowed into Hartlepool for a sell-out darts event supporting Miles for Men.

Fresh from the World Championships at the Lakeside just a fortnight ago, world finalist Alan ‘Chuck’ Norris and Robbie ‘Kong’ Green were the stars of a British Darts Organisation team.

Darts players pictured at the Supporters Club charity event.

Darts players pictured at the Supporters Club charity event.

They were up against a collective of top-class regional players at a packed Hartlepool Supporters Club, in Sandringham Road.

And the fans who turned up to get a glimpse of the well-known arrow slingers and support the much-loved Hartlepool charity weren’t disappointed with 180s galore, high check-outs and a cracking atmosphere.

And the fans played their part as well, donating hundreds of pounds in the auction with impressive prizes up for grabs, including signed Phil Taylor shirts and photographs and signed boards.

And the top tungsten and brilliant auction and raffle prizes all helped to raise more than £5,000 on the night.

Darts players in action at the charity event.

Darts players in action at the charity event.

The organiser of the fundraiser was Kevin Hill, a BDO player himself who toed the oche on the night, as did Miles for Men founder Michael Day.

Kevin, from Bishop Auckland, thanked all of the players for giving up their time to play for free and revealed how he would love to make the popular event an annual fundraiser.

He said: “With it being the first time we had held the event you never completely know how it’s going to go but it’s been brilliant.

“We sold a lot of tickets, everyone had a fantastic time and the players really enjoyed it as well.”

Teessider Glen Durrant, Martin ‘The Assassin’ Atkins, Dave Smith and Gary Stone made up the team of BDO players, while the local team included Lakeside regular, Blackhall’s Dave Prins and promising Hartlepool thrower Richie Oliver.

Hartlepool youngster Dan Sullivan, who lost a tragic cancer battle in 2012 aged just seven, was also remembered as a match was held for the Dan Sullivan Memorial Trophy.

Robbie Green, from Liverpool who was knocked out of this year’s BDO World Championships to eventual winner Stephen Bunting told the Mail: “Kevin got in touch and asked if we would be interested in coming and playing to help support Miles for Men.

“It’s good to come and play events like this, the pressures off and the players really enjoy it.”

World championship runner-up Alan Norris added: “For us it’s good fun to come and play in those events and exhibitions and obviously the most important thing is raising money for a good local charity.”

Michael Day said: “What an absolutely cracking night, everyone really, really enjoyed it.

“The support we get everywhere amazes me, the room was absolutely packed out.”

Kevin and Michael thanked all of the businesses and individuals who supported the event including Streamline Taxis, NES Security, Premier Inn and Harlequin teamwear who provided a Dan Sullivan memorial shirt which was presented to his family on the night.