The annual event, now in its sixth year, saw 471 teams from across the country compete for honours and raise money for CLIC Sargent, which cares for children and young people with cancer, as well as their families.
The tournament was won by a team from the Brocket Arms pub in Wigan, Greater Manchester, which beat competition from 11 other pub teams in the final – held at Nottingham’s Trent Bridge Inn on 5 March following 79 area heats and 11 regional finals.
Tough competition, fantastic cause
Pub manager and Brocket Arms team captain Tom Quinn said: “We got through to the semi-finals last year, so we wanted to do one better and take the title this year.
“There’s a big darts culture in Wigan and we play in our local league. We put a couple of extra dartboards up in the pub, and have been playing flat-out every week, putting the hours in practising in the evenings and after work.
“It was tough competition again this year and it came down to the last leg of the knockouts on the big day. It’s all been worth it, playing for a fantastic cause, and the staff in our pub really got behind our fundraising for CLIC Sargent.
“As for the competition next year, we are hoping to retain our title, but we don’t want to get too excited about it just yet!”
CLIC Sargent’s corporate account manager Jemma Syms added: “We want to say a huge thank you to all of the JD Wetherspoon staff that took part in this brilliant tournament.
“The event has raised an incredible amount of money that will help CLIC Sargent’s fight for young lives struck by cancer.”
As reported by The Morning Advertiser, JD Wetherspoon recently celebrated having raised £15m for CLIC Sargent since its partnership with the charity began in 2002.