Round the clock darts marathon for Prince of Wales Hospice

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A darts marathon raised more than £1,300 to help hospice staff care for people during their final days.

Eleven hours of non-stop darts was held at Redhill Sports and Social Club in Airedale as players stepped up to the oche in aid of the Prince of Wales Hospice.

Friday’s event saw darts thrown constantly at the club on Redhill Drive, Airedale, from opening time at noon until it closed after last orders.

Club manager Angie Noon 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.”

Youngsters also enjoyed face painting at the fundraiser.

Miss Noon said more people were coming in the club since she and co-manager Steve Smallwood took it over around 19 months ago.

A pool night is held on Tuesdays and customers enjoy bingo on Fridays and Sundays.

The club also has a darts team in Castleford’s Wednesday league.

Miss Noon said: “The club was run-down.

“Nobody was coming in.

“There are a lot more young people coming in to play darts now.”

Cash was raised from a raffle and auction at the darts event and a bucket collection was also held.

Proceeds will be donated to the Prince of Wales Hospice, on Halfpenny Lane, Pontefract, which provides end of life care and support for people with life-limiting illnesses.

The hospice, which helps around 1,000 people of all ages each year, gets a grant from the NHS to cover about a third of its costs.

But it relies on donations and fundraising to find the remaining £2m a year it costs to run the charity.

Alice Coggan, events and community fundraising assistant at the hospice, said: “We would like to thanks the event organisers for their hard work in putting on the charity darts marathon.”