16th Dec, 2018

Darts tournament in memory of Rugby schoolboy pays for life-saving equipment

Andy Morris 11th Mar, 2018

A FOUR-figure sum was raised for vital life-saving equipment by darts players in memory of a Rugby schoolboy who died of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS).

The twelfth annual Joe Spooner Darts Tournament, named after a Lawrence Sheriff pupil who died aged 15 in 2005, raised £1,779 for SADS UK.

The tournament, hosted by the Workers Club in Oliver Street and sponsored by Bradley Electrical, was won overall by men’s winner Luke Kennedy, who beat the winner of the women’s trophy Janine Gough in the grand final.

Since Joe died, his parents Tracey and Stephen have raised tens of thousands of pounds to help the cardiac charity donate defibrillators to schools, sports clubs and community venues.

Tracey said: “This tournament keeps Joe’s memory alive and raises money for his account with SADS UK, a wonderful charity that does incredible work not only with the bereaved but with those living with life threatening heart conditions too.

“They also raise awareness of these conditions, pay for life saving equipment – Joe’s account has donated 30 defibrillators so far – and much more.

“We would like to thank everyone who helps this event continue – from sponsors, players, chalkers and spectators to the brilliant team at The Workers and all who donate prizes. You are all very much appreciated.”

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