Fund-raising darts tournament keeps teen's memory alive - The Rugby Observer

Fund-raising darts tournament keeps teen's memory alive

Rugby Editorial 22nd Feb, 2019 Updated: 22nd Feb, 2019   0

THE MEMORY of a Rugby schoolboy who died 14 years ago is alive and well, as a darts tournament held every year in his name raised just under £2,000 for charity.

The annual Joe Spooner Darts Tournament – named after the 15-year-old who died of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) in 2005 while relaxing after a cricket match – was held at the Workers Club in Oliver Street.

Entry fees, a raffle, an auction and a donation from the club raised a total of £1,971 for cardiac charity SADS UK, which donates life-saving defibrillators to schools, sports clubs and community venues.

Cheryl Hennessey beat Janine Gough 3-2 in a hotly contested women’s final.

Ladies winner Cheryl Hennessey with Stephen Spooner.

The men’s competition – which has had top quality female entrants for the last four years – was won by Janine after she beat last year’s winner Luke Kennedy 3-1.

In the overall final, Janine won her rematch against Cheryl and took home the Joe Spooner Trophy, supplied by long-standing tournament sponsor Bradley Electrical.

Since Joe died, his parents Tracey and Stephen have raised tens of thousands of pounds for SADS UK.

Tracey said: “We would like to thank Bradley Electrical, all the staff and regulars at The Workers, players, chalkers and everyone who donated prizes, money and time.

“We couldn’t do it without you and appreciate all you do to keep Joe’s memory alive.”

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