A SOUTH Derbyshire landscape gardener has teamed up with his employers for a fund-raising darts tournament in memory of his father - and to help the hospital ward that looked after his young daughter.
Lee Ward, a ground worker for English Landscapes, joined forces with Mick Taylor, a Tesco employee who used to play darts with his father to set up the Charlie Ward Memorial Trophy.
The trophy involves companies from the area sponsoring a board, which will display the company's details during the tournament and, for the upcoming tournament, English Landscapes has donated £100.
Charlie Ward, 53, who was a keen darts player and played in leagues around South Derbyshire, died in 2004. Following his death, Mr Ward, 29, and Mr Taylor, 53, set up the memorial tournaments to raise money for Burton's Queen's Hospital's children's ward.
Mr Ward junior, of Sun Street, Woodville, said: "I think it's brilliant because I've got two children myself, of whom one was a twin and we lost the other twin at six weeks.
"We had to keep going back to the hospital's children's ward every so often to see that our little girl was okay and because of that we'll do anything we can to raise money for the kids' ward.
"It's not just me, it's Mick Taylor as well who helps with the fund-raising and it's good to be able to do it in memory of my dad and know that the money is going to a good cause."
The next tournament will be held at 7.30pm on Friday, October 24, at the Joiners Arms pub in High Street, Woodville, with entrance costing £3.
Further information about taking part or how to sponsor a board is available by telephoning Mr Ward junior on 07729 287734 or Mr Taylor on 07815 929667.
by SAMERA KHATOON (source link)