Top darts players are heading for Hartlepool

READY FOR ACTION: Premier Inn manager John Hughes, Kevin Hill and Michael Day
READY FOR ACTION: Premier Inn manager John Hughes, Kevin Hill and Michael Day

DARTS players of the highest order are coming to Hartlepool for a charity night.

The Miles for Men charity has lined up its latest fundraising event which will be held on Saturday, January 24, next year in the Supporters Club in Sandringham Road.

Miles for Men promotions manager Kevin Hill said: “The event was a sell out last year and we urge people not to leave ticket purchases too late.”

A formidable line-up of players has been secured for the night which has been sponsored by the Premier Inn.

Kevin said: “We have Team Kaelderen travelling all the way from Denmark to support the charity and they will be taking on our professional line up of players.”

That includes Alan Norris who reached the final of the 2014 BDO World Darts Championship, as well as fellow players Robbie Green, Martin Atkins and Gary Thompson.

Dave Smith, Gary Stone and Glen Durrant will also be playing.

The women’s world number two Deta Hedman will be taking on Linda Ithurralde, 2009 Winmau World Masters Women’s Champion.

Kevin added: “A great night of darts is in store for the town and once again the players will be playing for the Dan Sullivan Memorial Trophy. Dan lost his fight for life in 2012 aged just seven years old after a battle with an aggressive form of leukaemia.

Premier Inn manager John Hughes said it was a privilege to be backing a local charity like Miles for Men which does so much work to help out those less fortunate. He said it was Premier Inn’s second year of sponsoring the event and it was great to be part of it.

Kevin said: “Without the help of the players and the staff at Miles for Men, and the kind generosity of the townsfolk, this would not be possible.

The night’s highlights will also include sporting memorabilia up for auction. Doors open at 6pm and tickets are £15. They are available from 07904 976666, 07725 489694, from the art gallery in Church Square, and from (01429) 869706.

Miles for Men was formed in 2012 to raise funds for cancer charities. It began when the founder Michael Day wanted to do something in memory of his late father, Michael Day senior who sadly lost his battle with throat cancer in 2007 aged 67. It all started with a fun run in which more than 1,000 men raised £40,000.