Sheffield man hopes for perfect darts scores to make money for children’s hospice

Marc Leigh, aged 32, of Sheffield, has been inspired to play darts fundraise for South Yorkshire's only children's hospice, Bluebell Wood, because of his family's personal experience with the charity.
Marc Leigh, aged 32, of Sheffield, has been inspired to play darts fundraise for South Yorkshire's only children's hospice, Bluebell Wood, because of his family's personal experience with the charity.
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An amateur darts player has been inspired to try and get some winning scores to raise funds for Bluebell Wood.

Marc Leigh, aged 32, who lives on the Manor, has been inspired to use his throwing skills to fundraise for South Yorkshire’s only children’s hospice because of his family’s personal experience with the charity.

As a player in the Woodbourne Development League (WDL), Marc will be putting his love of the game to good use by donating a pound or two in a Bluebell Wood collection bucket whenever he plays, wins or hits a range of scores.

Marc said: “One of my relatives has a child who is being cared for by Bluebell Wood, so I know what they do for children with life-threatening and life-shortening conditions.

“They are there for families dealing with really tough times, so I want to do my bit for them. Unfortunately, I do not have much time to fund-raise due to work however I’m going to do what I can in the time I have available.

“Every Wednesday when I play darts, I will have a collection tin on the bar.

“As well as donating each time I play or win, I’ll be giving £2 for every 180 I hit, 50p for every checkout over 100, £1 if I check out in 9-12 darts, 50p if I check out in 13-17 darts and 25p if I check out in 18-21 darts.”

Marc is also planning to donate per cent of any prize money he wins and is hoping that other WDL players and pub regulars will put some of their spare change in the Bluebell Wood collection tin too.

Gail Parkin, Community Fundraiser, Bluebell Wood, said: “We really appreciate Marc thinking about us and coming up with such a fun way to mix his love of darts with fundraising for Bluebell Wood.

“Every penny counts, helping our families to make special memories, whether they have days, weeks or years left together.”

Anyone who would like to donate to Marc’s darts challenge can do this by putting money in his collection tin directly at the Woodbourne Hotel, Worthing Road.

Alternatively, you can donate online at his Justgiving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/miracledarting.

For more ideas to help Bluebell Wood support 250 children and young adults with life shortening and life-threatening conditions each year visit the official website at www.bluebellwood.org.