Eric throws support behind darts fundraiser

Eric Bristows in  ITV1's I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!
Eric Bristows in ITV1's I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!

STAR of the jungle Eric Bristow is to help a tragic dad boost funds for the charity set up in memory of his wife and daughter.

The I’m A Celebrity contestant, who made it to the last four of this year’s contest, swaps bushtucker trials for a night in the Tees Valley next March.

He will appear as the guest of honour at a night of darts at The Swan in Billingham on March 28.

Also there will be fellow darts star John Lowe.

The event is being held to support the Jo and Mya Memorial Fund set up by Hartlepool businessman Ian Richardson, who won an Award For Inspiration in the Mail’s first Pride of Hartlepool Awards.

Ian started the fund as a way of raising money in memory of his wife Joanne, 40, and daughter Mya, six, who died in an accident when the car they were travelling in was hit by another vehicle travelling the wrong way on the A1 in August 2010.

Ever since, Ian, 39, has worked hard to raise money to help children who have lost loved ones. He has a two-year-old daughter Ava.

Ian, who lives in Billingham and runs an online retail firm on the Queens Meadow Business Park in Hartlepool, said: “It is fantastic to get Eric after he has been on primetime television. It will be a night of darts and anecdotes.”

He said a friend of his, who had already held a series of events to support the fund, revealed to him that there was an opportunity to sign up Eric for the event.

Confirmation of the performance was given yesterday.

“Any time that anyone comes up with an idea for the cause, I just think that is brilliant,” said Ian, whose memorial fund total is expected to reach around £56,000 by the end of the year.

Tickets for the darts night will cost £10 and only 300 are available.

Ian added: “I am humbled that people are supporting the charity. One was about Eric and the other was from two women to say they had Christmas gifts for the fund. It is really something.”

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