Nothing could stop these determined darts players from completing a 24 hour challenge to raise thousands for Hospice Heroes.
One of the nine players was taken to hospital suffering a suspected heart attack in hour 11 of the event at Scruffy Murphy’s bar on Corporation Street, Blackpool, that saw the team throw darts continuously from midday on Sunday through to noon on Monday.
The group were encouraged to support the Gazette’s campaign to raise £200,000 for Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice by little Mia Riley.
The seven-year-old asked her dad Jay and his eight darts teammates to take on the challenge to help her raise more for the charity, having already done her own sponsored swim for the campaign, raising £157.
Jay Riley said: “It was very eventful. One of the lads came over all funny, he just went white and we had to get paramedics down and he was taken to hospital with a suspected heart attack.
“But he said to us to keep on going so we went all out.”
The player, John Burke, who is in his 60s, later called his team mates to reassure them he hadn’t had a cardiac arrest and encouraged them to continue.
Jay added: “It feels fantastic to have raised money for Brian House, people were really keen to donate money.
“I think we’ve raised about £2,000. It’s so nice to support a local cause.”
Jay, owner of the Springfield Hotel on Charnley Road, and the group were inspired by Mia after she raised more than £150 by selling her unwanted books and putting up a swear box in the hotel bar before the sponsored swim.
All the money raised will go towards Hospice Heroes, which is helping to pay for a massive refurbishment at Trinity and Brian House on Low Moor Road, Bispham.