On Friday, an all-day darts marathon was held to raise money for the Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract. More than £1,300 in donations was raised to aid hospice staff in caring for patients of all ages during their final days. Cash was also raised through a raffle and auction and a bucket collection, and all the proceeds were donated to the hospice.
The eleven-hour marathon was held at Redhill Sports and Social Club in Airedale. From opening time at noon until last call, darts were thrown non-stop. Angie Noon, the club’s manager said: “It was brilliant, absolutely amazing. The club was packed all day. They were constantly throwing darts until 11pm. Everybody and their mother was throwing darts. At least 25 people took part during the day.”
The fund-raising event also had face painting for the youngsters in attendance. Since becoming manager of the club 19 months ago, Ms. Noon observed that during this year-and-a-half time period she and her co-manager, Steve Smallwood have noticed more people coming to the club.
Miss Noon stated that before becoming manager: “The club was run-down. Nobody was coming in. There are a lot more young people coming in to play darts now.” They hold a pool night Tuesday evenings and customers enjoy Bingo on Fridays and Sundays. The club also has a darts team participating in Castleford’s Wednesday nights league.
The idea for the hospice came up in 1981, and members of the community immediately began to raise funds for the project by setting up support groups across the district. In 1986, the Prince of Wales himself visited one of the support groups to boost the appeal, and in November 1989, the Five Towns Plus Hospice, as it was known then, was opened. Shortly after that, The Queen gave her permission for the Hospice to use its current name.
The Prince of Wales Hospice cares for patients with a wide range of life-limiting illnesses. The hospice assists around 1,000 people per year. It receives a grant from NHS which covers only a third of its costs. The remaining £2 million must come from donations and fund raisers like this one.
Alice Coggan, the events and community fund raising assistant for the hospice, expressed the charity’s appreciation for this event. “We would like to thanks the event organisers for their hard work in putting on the charity darts marathon.”