Jack’s Nan To Run 10K For Charity – This Is Quite Something!!

jacks nan to run 10K

This is truly inspirational. Jack’s Nan, Nita Parker is running the Great South Run on 22nd October and all donations will be for JDRF.

You can sponsor her via the button at the bottom of this page.

100% of all proceeds will go straight to JDRF going towards more groundbreaking research.

jack and his nan nita

Running 10K is not something that people can just do overnight. This has taken lots of training and effort to get to this stage. Something will should all applaud.

Nita has been running three times per week.

She says she has only managed 10K twice before but hopes to make that right before the main event on 22nd October!

Currently Nita is taking part in the event on her own but would love to know if there are any like-minded people of similar age who would like to join her??

Nita and the JDRF would welcome any donations – no matter how small.

Go Nita!!


Sean Dowding Gets Tough And Muddy For The JDRF!

sean dowding tough mudder

Massive well done and thanks to Sean Dowding who competed in one of the Tough Mudder events a while ago.

He and 3 friends entered the event as a personal challenge to themselves and all raised funds for their chosen charities.

Sean, a relative of Jack chose to do his raising money and awareness for the JDRF.

Here is a shot of the fellas looking rather clean before the event. Great to see Sean with the JDF logo on his shirt.

tough mudder before

The event went really well and everyone completed it.

Hats off to Sean and his mates for competing and raising some funds for their causes.


Sean says: ” It was a really well organised event, and despite pulling a muscle in my back, being extremely wet and muddy (as you’d expect!) and shocked by a few thousand volts before crossing the finish line, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience! Plus I raised some money and awareness for JDRF, which was the main objective :-)”



Sean managed to raise an amazing £155 for the charity and would have also spread some much needed awareness. We love the logo you had blown up on the shirt too Sean!

Sean’s Tough Mudder link is still up should anyone wish to pop a donation in. No matter how small.

You can find his link here! >> SEAN DOWDING TOUGH MUDDER

Well done again to Sean and his friends for competing in the event!

Sean has already signed up to run again next year!

Thrilling Night At The First JDF Darts Competition

Thursday 27th April marked the very first Jack Dowding Trophy. A darts competition that was played at the very venue where Jack used to play with many of his friends from the Southampton Darts Series.

The night was a great success and it was not only a feast of darts that was on offer, there was also a great raffle and many superb prizes that went up for auction.

First of all we would like to say thank you very much to everyone who came along to the event. It really was a fantastic turnout.

Big thanks to Stefen Evard from SDS darts for running the event. Always smooth and well organised.

We had 67 entries from all levels.

The darts competition was won overall by Waterlooville’s Charlie Jackson. He went on to beat former world PDC finalist Mark Dudbridge 4-3 in a thrilling final.

Both players donated their prize money totalling £140 into the charily pot! A massive gesture and a big thank you to them from us!

Semi Finalists were Millbrook’s Ben Paddington and Botley’s Dave Bonnett, winning £15 a piece.

Losing quarter-finalists were Bridgemary’s Justin Bradshaw, Itchen’s Harry Wheeler, Winchester’s Chris Duff Junior and Steve Perren from Hedge End.

Great to see so many top players wearing the Jack 20 logo!

Laurence also gave an award to young Ryan Cousins, the award being a commitment award. Ryan and Jack were good mates at SDS and both very determined with their darts.

It wasn’t all serious darting all night though! Ultimately charity was the winner and some players took it upon them selves to add a bit of fun to the evening.

Pete Broomfield, a regular at SDS played his games in his full fire suit. He actually won his first game playing like this. It also sparked off many more sub-raisers through the evening with people trying the costume on etc, providing they put a little something into the donation bucket of course!

It was like playing against Darth Vadar as he wore the full BA pack and everything. We let him get away with not wearing the gloves though!

Many thanks to Angela from the bar who ran a fantastic raffle – everyone loves a raffle. This alone raised over £600 so thanks for hassling everyone to buy more tickets! Great stuff. Arguably the prize of the night went to Conrad and his wife. Something i am sure the grand kids will be pleased with!

Mid way through the evening we also hosted an auction. Many great prizes went up for grabs including nights out, golf days, signed darts equipment, a Playstation 4 plus many more. One prize was a signed darts shirt that Mark Dudbridge played in and also hit a 9-darter whilst on tour.

The auction went great and another fantastic amount of money was raised.

The grand total for the evening which included over 300 wristbands sold came out to an incredible £2636 – something each and every person can be proud of.

Jacks father Laurence said “This was fantastic evening organised in memory of a special son and grandson Jack Dowding. All of the family are so grateful to the Southampton Darts Series and the team Bitterne Park Social Club to remember Jack in such a special way…”

Angela Humphreys who runs the bar said “What a fantastic night of darts and the darts family coming together to honour such a great lad in Jack. It was a privilege to host it at the club. We would like to thank everyone in the night and hope the next one will raise just as much again….”

We loved the shirt Angela….

And our chief darts organiser Stefan Evrard said “Tonight has demonstrated that harnessing the community spirit within the darts scene can do amazing things. Jack was a very prominent figure in the SDS and the support for this competition just shows how appreciated he was. A truly herculean amount of money has been raised and I commend everybody involved and taking part for their support efforts”

Jack would have been immensely proud of all his friends for the efforts on this emotional and wonderful evening. This evening took our running total to just shy of £6000. The JDRF have been in touch thanking us for all the money we have donated through this site. All going to a great cause in helping others and to find a cure to type one diabetes.

This is what we do. This is what British people do, this is what a group of friends and a cracking darting community does.

Until the next time, the next fundraiser, the next dart event.

Thank you all. We love you.

Photo Credits: Richard Dowding

The Jack Dowding Memorial Darts Competition


Fancy yourself as a bit of a darts player? Well, if you do then get down to the Bitterne Park Social Club on Thursday 27th April 2017 for a fantastic competition in honour of Jack.

There will be cash prizes up for grabs and a superb trophy for the winner!

50% of the prize fund will be donated to the JDRF charity (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) – so even if you get spanked in the first round at least you will be doing a good thing!

For further enquires contact Stefen Evrard on 07470 092481

Best of luck!

jack dowding darts competition

August’s The General – Winchester 10k Obstacle Run

10K obstacle run


August Fox was a friend of Jacks at college. They shared many laughs and lunches on a regular basis. August is running the Winchester 10K Obstacle run and she would like to try and raise some funds to donate in honour of Jack.

This is an amazing tribute and will also provide some much needed funds towards the charity.

You can sponsor August here via her JustGiving Page. 

Here is August’s write up on the page:

I will be doing the 10k Obstacle run in Winchester on the 2nd of April 2017 in memory of Jack Dowding.

Jack passed away from diabetes on January the 7th 2017. At only 20 years old, the loss felt by his family, friends and the community is devastating.

I went to sixth form college with Jack, and although I can’t claim to have been extremely close to him, we were good friends. We sat on the same table together for 2 years every lunch time, shared many laughs and many jokes. He attended all of my band’s gigs and even allowed us to make a joke on stage about him – to say he was a happy-go-lucky person and a great sport is an understatement. Always smiling and having immense determination, no matter what challenges he faced, Jack was truely a one of a kind and will be missed by many.

As a tribute to him, I’ll be raising money for Diabetes UK, in hope to one day find a cure and to continue supporting families affected by the disease.

Thank you.

If you or anyone else you know is raising funds towards the Diabetes charities then let us know here and we will happily post it here on the blog!