Sam Kilby’s 24 hour darts marathon raises £2,000 for Welcome 2 Our World, a service providing charity to help disabled children and their families
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A 24-hour darts marathon at The Bell Inn in Murrow has hit the bullseye – raising more than £2,000 for a charity close to Sam Kilby’s heart.
The 11am Saturday to 11am Sunday event was organised to raise money for a new charity called Welcome 2 Our World.
“We smashed our original target of £500,” said Mr Kilby, of Parson Drove, who is a founding trustee of the charity which offers activities and support for families in the Fenland area who have children with special educational needs.
“The new landlord has asked me if I would like to do it again, so I will probably make it an annual event,” he added.
“Hopefully it will get bigger and better every year!”
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The charity’s aim is to build a centre - “like Play 2 Day” - where children and young adults with special needs can visit with their families to gain rest bite and simulation.
The 27-year-old, along with a group of his friends and team mates, hit the bullseye on Saturday and raised thousands of pounds.
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Sam threw his first dart at 11am Saturday morning to get the event underway, with the final dart being launched at 11am on Sunday morning.
The mammoth darts session also featured a number of games - including highest three-dart score and the most 180s – offering cash prizes to those taking part.
Sam, who has a daughter who suffers from severe autism, said: “We want to raise money so that special transport can be organised to take those with special needs on days out because they mean so much to the kids.
“I don’t think enough is being done to help take those with special needs on family days out, so hopefully the money we raise can support that.”
The 24-hour ‘dartathon’ is one of the events that the charity has organised to try and raise funds, including a series of family fun sessions throughout 2016.
The sessions follow a successful weekend of tasters in December and the charity is inviting families who have a child or young person within the family with a Special Educational Need or Disability to their fun sporting sessions.
The project is being delivered in partnership with Living Sport and supported by Comic Relief local communities funding via Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.
The charity has plans for fundraising football matches, psychic evenings and exhibitions to boost funds further.