Darts boost for local charities
12:02pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
CHEQUE-OUT: Tony Key, Wales Air Ambulance, with darts players Frances Ford, Betty Freeman, and Laura Beavis, and Sue Norman from the Talking Mercury. PICTURE: Milford Mercury (1091920)
A FRIENDLY darts tournament has raised more than £1,000 for two important local services.
The Talking Mercury and Wales Air Ambulance were presented with a cheque for £570 each at Milford Haven’s Royal British Legion Club on Thursday, September 5.
The money was raised by Milford Haven ladies’ darts league through raffles, sponsorship and entrance fees to a charity pairs’ darts tournament.
Thirty-two players took part, representing the Conservative Club, Football Club, the Kimberley, Legion one and two, Manchester Club, Rugby Club and the Seafarers.
Sue Norman, of the Talking Mercury, said the money could not have come at a better time.
The group’s equipment has recently started failing, so the money will be used to buy modern equipment so the paper can be recorded onto memory sticks.
The service, which is run by volunteers, helps people with visual impairments, Parkinsons or who have suffered a stroke keep up to date with local news.
Accepting the cheque on behalf of Wales Air Ambulance, community coordinator for Pembrokeshire Tony Key said: “Every penny that’s contributed is vital. People don’t realise we rely entirely on public donations.”
Since its launch in 2001, the service has carried out more than 17,000 life-saving missions, each one costing around £1,500.
Mr Key added: “This county is the most generous county in Wales, no doubt about it.”
Both charities are always looking for new volunteers. To get involved, telephone the Talking Mercury on 01646 692440 or visit walesairambulance.com.
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