Top darts stars wow Horsham

JPCT-CTSPORT PDC darts night at Roffey Club
JPCT-CTSPORT PDC darts night at Roffey Club

Some of the biggest names in darts played a starring role at a packed Roffey Club on Friday night.

Top ranked PDC players such as Raymond van Barneveld, Simon Whitlock and James Wade played exhibition matches against members of the public on the night which raised at least £8,580 for the Bradbury Enhanced Care Service at Chailey Heritage Clinical Services in East Sussex.

More than 250 tickets were sold for the event as Horsham’s darts community filled the Roffey Club to capacity.

The money raised, which included donations from punters who wanted the honour of shaving Terry Jenkins’ famed 33-year-old moustache, will go towards providing a £43,000 adapted vehicle for the centre, which can accomodate up to four wheelchairs.

The Bradbury Enhanced Care Service offers care and support for people with ‘complex medical disabilities’.

It is a cause close to organiser Jason Thame’s heart.

He said: “Some of the best darts players in the world were there, there is no other sport in the world where that will happen at a local event like this. everyone contributed their time free of charge, it was a brilliant event, and it is such a good cause.”

Lauren’s mother Beverly Francis, whose 20-year-old daughter is cared for there added: “My daughter has gone from strength to strength since being at the centre. They are superb, she has been there five years and she is doing very well.”

The Roffey Club was treated to an Ally Pally style atmopshere as lucky draw winners were given the chance to play against their heroes, while later on, there was a chance to pose for photos and have autographs signed as an auction boosted the final total.

Welshman Mark Webster, the world number.9 added: “This is the beauty of our sport, you would not get the chance to get this close to Tiger Woods.”