A darts-mad Hartlepool man is hoping to hit the charity bullseye next month when he takes on a 24-hour challenge.
Ian Robson, 47, will throw his arrows for a full day as he raises money for Children in Need.
Ian, of Spurn Walk – nicknamed ‘The Dark Avenger’ – is hoping to raise £2,000 for the charity, and will be joined by up to 15 others during the challenge.
It will take place at the Blacksmiths Arms, in Stranton, Hartlepool, where Ian captains the darts team, which he has represented for five seasons.
He said: “I’ve been playing darts for years, and I’ve always wanted to raise money for Children in Need, so it seemed like the perfect challenge to take on.
“I’m going to try to do this every year for them, as it’s a very worthwhile cause and I just want to help out.
I’ve been playing darts for years, and I’ve always wanted to raise money for Children in Need, so it seemed like the perfect challenge to take onIan Robson
“It’s going to be a big challenge, as it will be tiring to play darts for 24 hours, but I’m really looking forward to it. At the most, there will be about 15 of us taking part, but some of the people that turn up won’t be there for 24 hours. They might leave and come back later.
“I’ll be there for the 24 hours, though, and hopefully that will help me raise about £2,000 for the charity.”
The marathon will take place on December 5 and 6 between 2pm and 2pm.
Ian has organised the event, and his love for darts is so strong that he still dreams of making it on to the professional circuit.
He added: “I’m very into my darts, and I get a new board every few months. There’s one in my bedroom and I’m hardly off it.
“I practise a lot because I want to improve my darts.
“It’s what I’ve always wanted to do, and I’m thinking about moving my career into professional darts eventually.
“I play to quite a good standard, and I still believe I can do it.”
One of Ian’s strengths in darts is how he responds to disappointments, which is how he gained his nickname.
He said: “I’m nicknamed The Dark Avenger, because when I lose a match, I’m so determined to win the next one and avenge the defeat.
“It’s very rare that I lose twice in a row.
“This event isn’t about competition, though, and I just want to raise as much money as possible.
“There will be different competitions over the 24 hours to keep it interesting, and I’m planning to do this event every year for Children in Need.”