Sunderland workers raise £1,000 for NSPCC in charity darts challenge

The Grundfos darts team during their charity event.
The Grundfos darts team during their charity event.
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Keen darts players went around the clock on the oche to raise £1,000 towards helping vulnerable Wearside children.

A team of seven from Castletown pump producer Grundfos played the sport for more than a day to raise funds for the NSPCC.

The magnificent seven, Colin Young, Paul Martin, David Crombie, Darren Wann, Helen Curry, Wayne Coates and Christian Carlin, were supported by friends, family and work colleagues who popped in to the Hylton Castle Arms to give their support.

Helen explained: “We had plenty of support and we played different sorts of darts games to pass the time, but there was always at least one on the oche throughout the 25 hours.

“It was tough, but it was in a very worthwhile cause – all of the money raised will be spent by the NSPCC in Sunderland, so we were helping local young people.

“People were kind enough to sponsor us and others brought in raffle prizes, so it was a real team effort.”

Grundfos HR director Catherine Attwell explained: “There were plenty of family and friends to cheer on the team at the Hylton Castle Arms, who were determined to do more than they’d done last year.

“Our General Manager Mark Lister sits on the Sunderland NSPCC business board so we chose that as our charity.

“We’d like to thank suppliers who donated raffle prizes so generously, especially Sprint Print UK who provided our team shirts for the second year running, the Hylton Castle Arms for providing our venue and both Westminster and Tyne Bank Brewery for so generously supplying raffle prizes.”