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Great Causes and A Little boy to capture your hearts.

We get a great many calls and emails regarding various charities etc as do many other players as well – it is never possible to say yes to everyone and it is not a feel good factor to have to say NO, but that’s just what has to happen when there are so many requests. We simply cannot afford to help out everyone. 

That said, we have managed to help out a few worthwhile causes this year and a Telephone call from a lady called Joanne concerning her son Lewis has really tugged at the heartstrings.    This has to be the most rewarding call I have taken recently and it was a total pleasure speaking to Joanne Edmundson (Lewis's mum) knowing that we could help in some small way.   Joanne informed us that Lewis was Darts Mad and wanted to be able to meet some of the Players he watches on TV.

Friday 21st July – at The Belroy Hotel, 45, Hull Road, Blackpool from 6pm to 10pm – is a night set aside especially for Lewis to fulfil that wish.

We will also be running an auction of various Darting memorabilia to raise some important funds for the Lewis Edmundson Appeal, the St Mary's Hospital at Manchester and for the Alderhey Childrens Hospital where the kids stay in the Ronald McDonald House while undergoing treatments etc.   Also monies perhaps to take Lewis to other places etc or wherever he wants to go to enable him to have as many happy memories as possible and with his brother too. I am quite sure the evening will be a success and that both Lewis and his brother Damian will have a great time.

Special thanks go to Craig and Jessica of the Belroy and for providing a buffet on the evening. Paul and Jo Wilson for providing the Darts Display Stand/set up (and cute Smiffy Tee-shirts!!? To Paul Weller of Origin Storage Solutions for providing the dartboards and surrounds and of course to every player that has agreed to donate or attend in person to help/meet Lewis.  We would really appreciate players (whoever can make the odd 20 minutes to pop in have a chat and maybe play a couple of games with anyone).

Colour picture of Lewis Edmundson

Basically, Lewis is now 7 and a half. and has NF2 and a brain tumour which is inoperable and cannot be cured. These tumours will eventually claim his sight and hearing and I don't need to go further than that.  A website has been set up for him at www.lewisedmundsonappeal.org they are not after money or anything in particular – (although it would help) they just want to make him have as many happy memories as possible during his life, whether that be 12 months or 20 years - they just don’t know what is around the corner as future tumours are inevitable.

Lewis in DevonHe has an older brother called Damian who is aged 12 and he is fantastic with his little brother. Granada TV have brought him to media attention and this is set to increase as his story gets told over the coming months.

Joanne and of course husband John and brother Damian want to help him celebrate his life and make up for the bad things that have to happen, like the brain scans, treatments, hospitalisation etc and all while he is able bodied and able to see and appreciate these things.

We have added a link to his website: www.lewisedmundsonappeal.org

If anyone would like to donate anything towards the auction on 21st July, please contact Joanne or John on the details given below.

Joanne and John Edmundson
16 Salcombe Avenue

Contact Lewis' parents by e-mail at

or email Lewis directly at


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