HARTLEPOOL darts ace Paul Jennings is set to do battle with old rival Dean Winstanley – but all in the name of charity.
Jennings’ promoter, Kevin Hill, is the man behind the exhibition match which will take place at the Headland Club in early June.
The night is in aid of a yet-to-be-chosen children’s charity, inspired by Hill’s grandson, eight-year-old Ryan Binks Hill, who suffers from epilepsy.
There will be auctions and raffles throughout the night to raise money, and Hill explained: “All raffle and prize monies are going to charity.
“It will be a local children’s charity but it’s yet to be decided which one.
“My grandson has epilepsy which he has had since he was born.
“There are lots of children with similar problems so it is vital we put the money somewhere where it is needed.
“Darts comes second on the night. We want people to turn up and make it a sellout because it should be a good night.”
Jennings is on top form at the moment, winning the recent Denmark Open as he continues his preparation for Lakeside later in the year, while oppponent Winstanley is one the PDC’s top players.
“It’s a push for Paul as well as he builds up to Lakeside because he needs sponsors and publicity,” Hill said.
“Personally I don’t think he gets the recognition his efforts deserve so it’s a chance for the town to see him in all his glory.
“We are looking forward to the night.”
To make the night even more appealing, the crowd could go home with signed shirts plus more, but Hill wants more companies from the town to get involved.
“We have got a signed shirt from Scottish international Gary Stone, a signed shirt from Hartlepool United and numerous other prizes,”
“We are on the lookout for other businesses and companies to come forward and get involved as well.
“Whether it is auctioning bottles of wine, meals for two or whatever, everything is acceptable and would be gratefully received.
“The entry fee is £10 and some of that is going directly into the charity fund.
“The crowd can play the players as well which doesn’t happen every day.
“A lot of Hartlepool people have dug deep in the past and I’m sure they will do again.”
Tickets for the event on Saturday, June 2, are priced at £10 and can be bought by contacting Kevin Hill on 07853 874382.
Meanwhile, in the weekend’s German Open, in Bochum, Jennings suffered a surprising result - falling to a 3-1 defeat against Yorkshireman James Wilson in the last 64.