A DANISH darts team received a civic welcome while visiting Hartlepool to help raise money for a local charity.
The Kaelderen darts team from Esbjerg spent four days in the town which included participating in a darts challenge match at the Hartlepool Supporters Club, which raised £2,200 for the Miles for Men cancer charity.
Miles for Men promotions manager Kevin Hill is a well-known darts player himself and it was his links with fellow British Darts Organisation (BDO) members which triggered the visit to Hartlepool.
Kevin said: “It’s tremendous that a darts team from as far away as Denmark has travelled to Hartlepool to help us raise money for the charity.
“I would particularly like to thank John Hughes at the Premier Inn for his support as he arranged free accommodation for our Danish visitors.”
The Kaelderen team competed against some of the best players in the world including Allan Norris, Martin Atkins, Glen Durrant, Gary Thompson, Brian Dawson, Gary Stone and world women’s number one Deta Hedman.
Kaelderen team member Kenwyn Vestergaard said that they had received a warm welcome in Hartlepool.
He said: “It was an honour to be hosted by the Deputy Mayor at the Civic Centre. The town has been very hospitable to us and everyone enjoyed the trip.”
Deputy Mayor Councillor Mary Fleet commented: “The Miles for Men charity do fantastic job raising money for cancer research and helping cancer sufferers and their families. Inviting charity representatives and the Danish darts team into the Parlour gave us an opportunity to show our appreciation for everyone’s efforts.”
The charity has raised more than £125,000 since it was established three years ago but founder Micky Day said there will be no let-up in the fundraising efforts.
He said: “We have lots of events planned for the forthcoming year and the support from the public is amazing.
“It enables us to help people who are suffering from cancer and when you see the smile on people’s faces it makes all of the work so worthwhile.”
For more information about Miles for Men charity, visit www.milesformen.co.uk