Jungle fever for darts club night

JUNGLE star Eric Bristow is proving a hit among Tees Valley darts fans.

More than 100 tickets have already been snapped up within three days to see the I’m A Celebrity contestant in action next year.

The Hartlepool Mail revealed last week how Eric and fellow darts champion John Lowe would be performing on behalf of a charity set up by town businessman Ian Richardson.

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

The event is being held to support the Jo and Mya Memorial Fund set up by Hartlepool businessman Ian, 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: “Considering that we have not tried to sell tickets yet, this is a fantastic start. More than 100 tickets were sold in the first three days and we have not publicised this other than through the Mail.”

The 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.

For more information visit www.joandmya.co.uk/celebrity