Memorial darts tournament

A CHARITY tournament in memory of a darts-loving granddad will be held this weekend for the second year running.

The event is being held this Saturday as a tribute to Hartlepool dad-of-two Robert Bradwell, who died on February 13, 2009 after a short battle with lung cancer.

It will take place at The Victoria Arms pub, in Northgate on the Headland, and proceeds will go to the neo-natal baby care unit at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.

A similar event last year, held at the United Services Club, in the town’s Miers Avenue, saw £900 raised for Hartlepool and District Hospice.

The tournament is being organised by Robert’s two sons, Nigel, 39, and Michael, 37.

Robert, who lived in Dowson Road and worked for Aerials Plus, ran by Nigel, was well-known in the town through the darts circuit.

During the event, there will be a £300 prize money up for grabs.

Nigel, who lives in Powlett Road, said: “My father played darts on Mondays and Tuesdays at the United Services and we had a lot of people that came to last year’s event.

“We raised £900 last year and hope to beat that figure this year.

“We chose the neo-natal unit this year as we wanted to help a charity that helps children.”

Last year professional darts players backed the event and Hartlepool’s Tony Eccles and World Championship finalist and TV pundit Bobby George donated signed shirts for a raffle.

Up-and-coming darts player Paul Jennings won the tournament last year.

The entry fee for Saturday’s event is £3 and people can register between noon and 1.30pm, before the match starts.