Fundraiser launched for Billingshurst darts player who tragically died during match

A fundraiser has been launched for a Billingshurst darts player after he tragically died during a match.

Tony Ayres died suddenly last Saturday (November 27) while at a county darts competition.

Now friend and fellow darts player Nigel Wakefield has set up a GoFundMe page to help support Tony’s wife Kerri, son Chris and daughter Chelsea.

Nigel said: “Tony was a close friend to myself and many fellow darts players.

Tony Ayres

“He was the player you always wanted to watch but never wanted to be drawn against.

“He played darts for Sussex, The Kings Arms and more recently the Kings Head in Billingshurst and was a well known and much loved character.”

The fundraiser raised more than £2,000 within days of being launched.

H&W Dart League’s officials said in an earlier statement: “One of the greatest players to grace our league has suddenly passed away.

“Tony Ayres was doing what he did the best, playing darts for Sussex when he suddenly had a massive heart attack that he could not recover from.

“Our condolences go to Tony’s family and friends.

“As a small mark of respect, the A Division singles competition will be renamed The Tony Ayres Cup.”