Worthing man to take on 24 hour dart-a-thon

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IT will take endurance, a strong arm and focus, for fund-raiser Steve Lovell to hit his 500,000-point target in a 24-hour charity dart marathon.

Steve, of Cokeham Lane, Sompting, needs to score an average of 345 points a minute, which he said will see him making the 16ft walk to the board and back about 12,000 times, totalling just over 34 miles.

The dart-a-thon will kick off at noon on May 9, at the Warwick Pub, Warwick Street, Worthing, and will run until noon on May 10, with all proceeds going to children’s charity, Freddysmile.

The 37-year-old said he chose Freddysmile because the couple who started the charity, Kelly and Warren Street, from Lancing, used to run The Ball Tree pub in Sompting, which he worked at.

He said: “What Freddysmile do is raise money for children suffering from cancer and their families to give them a break from the treatment and a chance to relax down in Selsey.

“I have remained friends with Kelly and Warren ever since, and I think it is a very worthwhile cause.”

Steve said he is currently practising in “short, sharp bursts of about half an hour”, but has had five-hour training sessions, to get as close as possible to smashing the current world record of 566,175.

He said: “My main target is just to hit half a million, which I think is very do-able.

“I have had to learn to adapt my throw because I used to power my darts into the board. I’m lucky that I can throw with my left hand as well.”

Steve’s friend, Gary Matthews, of GC Builders and Maintenance Contractors, will be staying with Steve for the duration of the event, and will donate a pound on the first hour, two pound on the second hour, and so on, reaching a total donation of £300.

Steve will only take breaks from throwing when for the toilet, and to snack.

He added: “I’m not planning on having a sit-down meal but I will eat energy foods like bananas, which is funny in a pub.”

All of the ways people can donate to Steve’s cause are listed on the Freddysmile website – www.freddysmile.co.uk

People can also donate by going to Steve’s Justgiving page, at www.justgiving.com/Steve-Lovell

The Warwick pub will be hosting a charity raffle on May 16, at 8pm, with tickets available at the dart marathon.