Darts fans are being given the chance to bag themselves money-can’t-buy signed memorabilia and at the same time raise vital funds for the NHS thanks to a fundraiser launched by Isle of Wight darts star Keegan Brown.

27-year-old Keegan, a Medical Laboratory Assistant at St Mary’s Hospital in Newport, has made quite an impression on the world darts stage over the past few years. This sporting fame has paid dividends in securing some fantastic prizes including a signed shirt from 16-time World Champion Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor.

Having seen what his frontline colleagues have had to go through over the past 12 months, battling the coronavirus pandemic, Keegan decided to launch a raffle to win one of his new, signed shirts – 1 of only 3 in existence.

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The raffle has since exploded on Twitter and now includes a whole array of prizes including signed shirts from Phil Taylor, Michael van Gerwen, Simon Whitlock, Gary Anderson and Daryl Gurney. The extensive prize list also includes a signed dartboard, prints, photos, darts, a surround, mat and even dart coaching.

Keegan’s new shirt, reflecting his role within the NHS

Keegan says:

“While working through the pandemic my role has changed, as well as shifts and hours. Although manageable for myself it made me think of my frontline colleagues, the ones working in ICU/Isolation Ward and what they must be going through, I couldn’t begin to imagine.

“As the pandemic swept across the world friends and family were impacted and some were admitted to hospital. Sadly not all survived. The one overwhelming feeling from all involved was that the care they had received while admitted was above and beyond what they expected.

“I had previously run a Twitter campaign to ask for a new darts shirt design. One design, from Leon Cook, stood out as a favourite as it showcased how proud I was to work for the NHS. After some thought I decided to produce 3 shirts in this design, one for myself as a keepsake, one for Leon as the designer and 1 to raffle to raise funds for a thank you to the ICU/Isolation staff. I put out a tweet and before I knew it had been inundated with offers of prizes from my friends and colleagues in the darting world”.

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To purchase a raffle ticket, at a cost of £5 per entry, simply send your decided amount via Paypal (family and friends) to [email protected].

The draw will take place Sunday 28th March. You can make as many entries as you wish.

For further details email [email protected].

Island Echo