Darts players hit the bullseye for hospice

Adrian Collingwood, Alan Yates, Aaron Sharman and Andrew Pordage hand over funds to St Nicholas Hospice Care at the Woolpack, in Haverhill, on Saturday [9 April] ANL-160415-135109001

Adrian Collingwood, Alan Yates, Aaron Sharman and Andrew Pordage hand over funds to St Nicholas Hospice Care at the Woolpack, in Haverhill, on Saturday [9 April] ANL-160415-135109001

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Darts players have hit the bullseye with their latest fund-raising efforts, handing over nearly £600 to charity.

Haverhill Monday Charity Darts League raised the funds for St Nicholas Hospice Care during its winter season through each darts venue having a charity pot, donations, raffles and events run by individuals.

Andrew Pordage, who runs the league, said: “I would like to thank all those who took part and support the charity work the league does. Special thanks are due to Brian Marlow, who sadly passed away this year.

“He, with help from his best friend Alan Yates, typified what the league is trying to achieve.”

Andrew set up the league in 2011 to support a local charity and to provide a platform for young and up-and-coming players to develop.

He added: “St Nicholas Hospice Care was an easy charity to support as when my mother Lynne Pordage died a number of years ago it provided fantastic support and she really looked forward to visiting.

“When she was coming to the end she chose to spend her last few days at the hospice, in Bury St Edmunds.”

Andrew and his brothers funded a large cup which is presented to the team which raises the most money each season – the Woolpack Pub, in Haverhill, was triumphant in the winter 2015/16 season.