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

jacks team clean up at the darts

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.

steve perren winner singles 2017

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.

pairs winners 2017 darts

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.

winner quickest leg 2017

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….

Jack Dowding Foundation Well Represented On PDC Challenge Tour!

The recent weekend saw many top dart players attend the first Challenge Tour darts event in Milton Keynes. Several pro players made up the field among many budding amateur players.

We were pleased to see many players wearing the Jack Dowding Foundation wristbands along with the shirts with the websites logo on them!

Here are 3 of the top athletes donning the colours and logo!

Thanks to Steve Brown, Mark Dudbridge and Kelvin Heart for allowing us to use the pictures on the site.

If you would like a wristband or a t-shirt then drop us a line on the contact form here.

(A donation will be required to cover the costs of the wristbands, suggested donation is £1 + any shipping fees)

All proceeds go to the JDRF.