An Emotional Victory At The 4th Jack Dowding Trophy

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November 29th 2018 saw the 4th Jack Dowding Trophy hosted at Bitterne Park Social club.

As always the turn out was great with regular players from the SDS league and other dart leagues and friends of Jack coming from all over the county.

Everyone seemed in good spirits for what is becoming a regular and well-attended event on the local darts competition calendar.

As always with any SDS event, the competition was run flawlessly by the master of ceremonies and events organiser Stefen Evrard.

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Angela ran a cracking raffle again, which was a great success with plenty to choose from including electrical goods, chocolates (which I think Ryan Cousins won all of) DVDs, games and plenty of booze! (which obviously went down well with the throwers)

There was also a GIANT teddy bear up for the raffle and two PDC signed sets of darts courtesy of Richard North and world champion Rob Cross.

The darts were won by Bishops Waltham player Dean Cole, both sets no less in a raffle draw! Dean kindly put one of the sets back in for a redraw.

A signed Micheal Van Gerwen shirt was also auctioned off which went for £102 to one lucky young fan!

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Now to the darts.

As usual with these events the standard was very high, lots of 180s, lots of big outshots and fine finishing throughout.

You could say a few shocks along the way too with Richard North, Steve Perren among others going out at early stages.

The winner of the competition was Justin Bradshaw who beat Scott Walters in a thrilling final. A rather fitting winner of this trophy as he was a very close friend of Jacks. I know this would have meant a lot to him.  Great stuff. A well-deserved winner and definitely the most consistent all through the night.

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Social media went crazy to congratulate Justin knowing what it meant to him to win this event for his good friend.

fitting tributes to Justin Bradshaw

The final grid can be seen below:

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The total money raised on the night was £1040 which is an incredible achievement by all involved. All proceeds as always going to the JDRF.

Onto the next one!

 

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Jack Dowding Pin Badges Worn By The Worlds Best PDC Dart Pros!

JDF Pin Badges Worn By PDC

During this seasons PDC Premier League of darts the players were invited to wear custom pin badges to raise awareness for the Jack Dowding Foundation which as you all know raises fantastic and much needed funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.

The players, you could argue are the current top 8 players in the world right now. Among them world number one and JDF supporter Micheal Van Gerwen.

Micheal Van Gerwen JDC

We are very pleased to see all the players wear the badges on the night.

The total funds raised has now surpassed the £12,000 target we set earlier in the year. Thanks very much to the PDC players for wearing these badges and helping the cause.

The target has now been raised to an incredible £15,000. There are plenty more fundraisers coming up so hopefully this target can get reached too!

The pin badges are made by The Badge Man Ltd and are available to buy on request for £2 each. Contact us here on the website or speak with Loz if you would like some.

Jack Dowding Pin badges

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Tribute Dugouts Unveiled at Jack’s College In Special Memorial Day

April 25th saw an event at the Taunton College sports ground in Hill Lane. The event was a memorial football match between staff, students and other friends.

At the occasion Saints defender Sam McQueen gratefully helped alongside Jack’s immediate family the unveiling of new dugouts for the pitches. On the dugouts are Jack’s logo and website. They really do look great.

A really nice gesture and fitting tribute to Jack who as we all know was a mad Saints fan!

This tribute is another showing of just how well Jack was loved by many in and around his community.

Photo Stuart Martin – unveiling of new football dugouts at Richard Taunton College in memory of former studentl Jack Dowding.
Photo Stuart Martin – unveiling of new football dugouts at Richard Taunton College in memory of former student Jack Dowding. Jack’s father Laurence Dowding (right) and Jack’s grand parents Bryan and Suzanne Dowding cut the ribbon to one of the dugouts
Photo Stuart Martin – unveiling of new football dugouts at Richard Taunton College in memory of former student Jack Dowding. Jack’s father Laurence Dowding (right) and Jack’s grand parents Bryan and Suzanne Dowding cut the ribbon to one of the dugouts
Photo Stuart Martin – unveiling of new football dugouts at Richard Taunton College in memory of former studentl Jack Dowding. Jack’s mum Maz Dowding and Grace Jay cut the ribbon to the other dugout
Photo Stuart Martin – unveiling of new football dugouts at Richard Taunton College in memory of former studentl Jack Dowding. Jack’s father Laurence and mum Maz and Richard Taunton College principal Alice Wrighton pictured with the footballers who took part memorial match

Jack’s family would like to thank all who played their part in the event.

The total raised after this event plus the others throughout the year has now surpassed the new target of £12,000 – we currently sit at £12,170

All proceeds going to the JDRF.

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Maz & Clan Raise Incredible Amount Over The Year!

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Maz Dowding – Jack’s Mum has been putting on several fund raising events at her work over at Compass Fostering this past year. And what an incredible job you have been doing!

compass fostering raises money for JDRF

A combination of cake sales, raffles and a make shift nail salon event have brought in an incredible £1662.48

But that is not all. A colleague of Maz’s also ran a charity race for the JDRF too contributing another £400 to the pot.

Maz, Jack’s family and everyone at the JDRF would like to express their massive thanks for all the generosity and support.

compass fostering

These two contributions take the overall total now to £11760

Amazing.

 

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Another Great Night And Amazing Money Raised At The 2nd JDF Darts Comp!

JDF Darts Comp II

Once again the dart community pulled together and stepped up again in a truly great night of darts and fun all in the memory of Jack.

65 players entered the competition, with half of the entry fee from everyone going straight to the JDRF.

Also on the night was the usual raffle, spectacularly run by Angela Humphreys. She will get money from people for the raffle. Period.

The trophy on the night once again went to Charlie Jackson from Waterlooville beating Luke Getty in a great match. Charlie was also the winner of the very first event back in April. 

You cant say the other players didn’t have their chances though. Many legs and games went his way through the opponents missing doubles. But, if you don’t hit them you don’t win so well done Charlie…. (aka, The Ginger Ninja)

JDF Winner darts

The usual antics ensued with the fireman suit darts, Loz stepped up to do his bit here. It was like playing against Darth Vader for his opponent!

loz playing in fire suit

The auction prizes went down really well, there were some fabulous prizes. Golf days, darts tournament tickets, a fantastic tool kit among a few.

There was also a signed Wayne Mardle shirt and a real collectors piece, a Jack Dowding shirt signed by a load of the famous players of today including Micheal Van Gerwen.

signed darts shirt

All in all the whole evening went really well with every game played in good spirits. The dart players may have won the event but its the togetherness of the people that make these events.

It is really appreciated by all of Jacks family that these events go down so well.

A big thank you from them to everyone who turned out for the night.

The grand total on the evening was £1960, this is from raffle sales, the auction, young Ryan Cousins selling his awesome cakes, various spontaneous donations and the entry fees.

Amazing.

Loz’s friend Martyn added another £40 at the end saying “£2000 sounds better”…

We couldn’t agree more.

A big shout out to the two finalists too, Charlie and Luke both donated their winnings back into the pot. Top work gents.

All in all a great night.

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A big thank you once again.

Huge shout outs to all the staff at the Bitterne Park Social club, Angela and Trevor, everyone that played, everyone that watched, and the darts organiser supremo – Stefan Evrard.

Your donations will go to great use.

Until the next time.

Cheers Jack.

 

 

 

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