Darts legend Bobby George to play at Lewes charity night

Plans are in the pipeline for a charity darts evening in Lewes featuring the flamboyant Bobby George.

The event is the brainchild of Terry Ockenden, who plays for The Swan in the Lewes Darts League.

He wants all profits to go to St Peter and St James Hospice in Chailey.

Terry said: “The hospice is very close to my heart as I lost my stepfather to lung cancer a few years ago, and he was treated and cared for there. I have personally witnessed the good work they do and I felt I wanted to help if I could.”

He has the backing of the league and intends to approach landlords of all the pub teams involved inviting the donation of a raffle prize each.

A date in June is the strong possibility and negotiations are underway to confirm the venue. It would have a licensed bar and food. The charity evening has been warmly welcomed by the hospice.

Bobby George is widely recognised as one of the game’s biggest personalities, the ‘King of Darts’ who makes his way to the stage to the tune of Queen’s We Are The Champions bedecked in jewellery, wearing a crown and cloak and carrying a candelabra.

His colourful character has enabled Bobby to also be successful on the darts exhibition circuit. He became the game’s first full-time exhibition player when he stopped playing regular tournaments in 1986. In 2009 he teamed up with Eric Bristow and John Lowe to tour theatres around the UK and Ireland, appearing in a show named Legends of the Oche, hosted by comedian Duncan Norvelle.

It is proposed that Bobby will play 12 legs of 501 darts in Lewes against players who are lucky enough to have there ticket drawn out on the night. Time permitting, the aim is to auction off six tickets to play doubles against Bobby.

Anyone that can give their support to the enterprise is invited to contact Terry on 07516 503633.

He added: “I want to make this a fun evening for everyone and help out a very good cause.”