A DARTS player from Cheadle has stepped up to the oche for Prostate Cancer UK by raising £10,000. Sales of pin badges and wrist bands, as well as darts competitions and stalls at community events have helped Eddie Bailey, 65, top £10,000 in donations. And Eddie has also been part of the nationwide Team Darts for Prostate Cancer UK, which has so far raised more than £300,000.
Eddie, from Keeling Road, started fund-raising for the charity around five years ago, but set himself a £10,000 target in July 2017 in a bid to double what he’d already raised.
He said: “When I first started out I just wanted to help people. I’d lost people to this illness.
“I started with stalls selling pin badges and wrist bands, and I’d get people coming up to me and asking about it which helped raise awareness.
“We need to do that and I think we have done that, it has really been brought out into the open now and it needs to be as one in eight men will get it.”
Then, three years ago, Eddie went to the doctor with concerns about his health.
Eddie said: “I was constantly going to the toilet, so I went to the doctors and they did some tests and I was diagnosed with an enlarged prostate.
“I was a bit shocked. They originally planned to remove just 40 per cent of it, but it was so enlarged they ended up removing it all.
“Since then I’ve had problems, which can be embarrassing when you’re going out and meeting people, but I’ve got an appointment back at the hospital in August.
“I’d worked for Prostate Cancer UK for years before it happened to me, but now I know what it feels like.”
Following his operation, Eddie decided to ramp up his fund-raising, then joined Team Darts, which follows British Darts Organisation players around the country raising awareness and funds at events.
The group is aiming for £501,000 and has so fair raised more than £300,000.
Gabriella Bailey, Interim Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “We’re proud of our work across the entire world of sport, and it’s great to team up with Eddie and Team Darts to further spread the word and raise vital funds.
“It’s all about knowing the numbers when you are playing darts – but not enough people are aware of the harsh statistics about this disease.
“One man every 45 minutes dies from prostate cancer – it’s the most common cancer in men – but we want to make prostate cancer a disease that the next generation of men do not fear.
“We thank everyone for their support so far, and are incredibly grateful to the tireless work of Eddie and Team Darts.
“Ignoring prostate cancer will not beat it, and the money raised will fund ground-breaking research to help fight the disease.
“That will help us provide dedicated support and information to men and their families affected by this disease.”
A long-term darts player, Eddie plays for the Master Potter in Cheadle and The Anchor at Tean as well as entering various competitions hosted by the BDO, including the doubles Welsh Open in May.
He added: “This has become a big part of my life. It’s so important to me.
“I would like to thank the residents and the public for all the support they have given me at different events in the area, including Churchill Road Festival, Party in the Park and other events I have attended.
“Without people like them I wouldn’t have raised the money to reach my target.
“I will carry on raising awareness and funds for Prostate Cancer UK and as from May I will also be supporting Douglas Macmillan.
“My first event for Dougie Mac will be on May 27 at the Master Potter Fun Day in aid of Douglas Macmillan so please come along and give us your support.”
Donations are still being accepted at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/eddie-bailey2.
To find out how you could help stop prostate cancer being a killer, visit: prostatecanceruk.org/darts.
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