Darts legends step to the oche for poorly kids

By Dave Doyle | 15/08/2017

Darts legends step to the oche for poorly kids
Tournament organiser Daz Layden.

DARTS legends will step up to the oche for a charity bringing smiles to poorly children.

Professional players will attend the fundraiser for Bringing Back a Smile, hosted by the Union Club in Masbrough.

Based in County Durham, the charity supports children and young people with life-threatening illnesses.

Former world champion John Walton — known as ‘John Boy’ on the oche — is due to attend the all-star exhibition.

John won the Winmau World Masters tournament in 2000, followed by the World Professional Darts Championship in 2001.

He will be joined by world championship quarter-finalist Brian ‘Doggy’ Dawson and a host of other professionals.

The event has been organised by Daz Layden, who plays for Yorkshire Darts at the county level.

He said: “We’ve got world champions, England internationals and top county players — guys people will have seen on TV.

“People will also see Yorkshire players playing against Yorkshire.

“We usually play on the same team and we win a lot against other counties, so there will be some cracking match-ups.”

He added: “I’m a father of two and when you hear about kids like Bradley Lowery, you feel so lucky just to have healthy children.

“I just thought we could do a little bit to raise a few quid for poorly kids.

“The reaction we’ve had has been sensational and it’s a fantastic venue. There are people coming from all over the country to take part or watch.”

Charity founder and darts fanatic Kevin Hill said: “Some of Yorkshire’s darts superstars will help raise funds for children with life-threatening illnesses.

“It’s absolutely fantastic, they’re doing — it’s men and ladies who will be also throwing the tungsten arrows.

“It’s a great event for the people of Rotherham to get behind — come and see some great darts players on show.”

He added: “I must thank Daz Layden, who took time away from his job to put this event together.”

The match will be beamed all around the Union Club, as well as being streamed online.

There will also be a raffle, bingo and an auction of darts memorabilia, donated by world champion Glen Durrant, and former champion Scott Waites and others.

The all-day event takes place on Saturday, August 19, with doors opening at around 11am.

Tickets are available on the door at £5 for adults and £2 for children.

Visit www.bringingbackasmile.co.uk for more information on the charity.



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