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

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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.

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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!!

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Cracking Night At The Darts As Jack’s Team Clean Up!

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The summer 2017 season ended with a boom as Jack’s team Hedge End Club ended up winners of the division 1.

It was a tough season with a few ups and downs but they got over the line. Jack’s Dad Laurence hit the winning double in the last league match of the season to secure the points meaning Hedge End Club were out of reach and had won the league.

A fitting end you could say.

The silverware didn’t stop there and the team were not finished yet.

On finals night representatives from the team were also in the Singles and Doubles competitions.

Steve Perren took on Dean Cole (Bishops Waltham) in the semi final of his singles. After winning that he then went on to beat Roger Jeans (Park Gate) in the final after a nail-biting finish.

Massive well done to Steve.

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Next up was the doubles competition. Steve Perren again was involved with his partner and Jack’s dad Laurence Dowding.

These two won this competition in the Winter and looked to make it back to back doubles winners.

They delivered and won the event again!

They beat Andy Spreadbury and Colin Rich (Bold Forester) and then went on to win in other close contest against Andy Reynolds and Alan Sawyer (Black Dog)

They also picked up the prize for the quickest pairs leg throughout the season – a quality 12 darter.

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They have carved out a bit of a reputation in this competition now and will no doubt look to extend this run in the future competitions.

It means a lot to them both winning this as Steve and Loz go back many years and have been close friends for a long time.

Great stuff champs!

Other awards included the quickest singles leg won by John Banks, and Steve Perren again picked up two more honours – the most 180s and highest outshot 170.

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They don’t come much higher than that.

So a full clean sweep.

Every event Hedge End Club entered this season they won!

Hedge End Club Darts Team 2017

Jack would have been very proud of his team this season.

A cracking season, full of great laughs, a few heated debates (which is good) and some blinding arrows.

Here’s to a few more….

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Sean Dowding Gets Tough And Muddy For The JDRF!

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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.

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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.

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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 :-)”

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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!

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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

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