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Spalding darts referee to do parachute jump inspired by his pal, Martin 'Wolfie' Adams




A family butcher who rubs shoulders with some of the world’s best darts players as a referee and MC is preparing for a skydive from 20,000ft.

Ian Tilley was inspired to hit the heights for Prostate Cancer UK by a pal, Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams, the three-times world darts champion from Market Deeping who was diagnosed with the illness in 2016.

Ian is a member of Team Darts for Prostate Cancer UK and they have already raised a staggering sum for the charity.

Three times world darts champ Martin 'Wolfie' Adams with referee Ian Tilley
Three times world darts champ Martin 'Wolfie' Adams with referee Ian Tilley

He said: “We hit £330,000 last week after three years.”

The family butcher, who works at Bennetts in Winsover Road,Spalding, has been busy on the home front too – helping wife Diane to raise money in memory of her late father, Eric Loveridge, who passed away aged 83 from cancer.

They began holding coffee mornings at home in 2014 and, this year, switched to Broad Street Methodist Church because they needed a bigger venue.

Ian's next step is a 20,000ft tandem parachute jump
Ian's next step is a 20,000ft tandem parachute jump

So far they have raised more than £5,600 – mostly for cancer charities.

The sum from this year’s event, a little over £1,274, went to Prostate Cancer UK, and Ian added a little drama to the presentation by announcing he was ready to do a skydive for the cause.

His tandem jump takes place in Durham on July 18 next year.

Ian says: “One-in-eight men suffer from prostate cancer – one-in-four if you are black. One man dies every 45 minutes of prostate cancer and 11,000 die every year in Britain alone. They are frightening statistics, really.”

Tracy Fletcher (right), from Prostate Cancer UK, receives a cheque for £1,275 from Ian and Diane Tilley and Elaine Ladds - the money was raised at Ian and Diane's coffee morning and Elaine ran a craft stall at the event
Tracy Fletcher (right), from Prostate Cancer UK, receives a cheque for £1,275 from Ian and Diane Tilley and Elaine Ladds - the money was raised at Ian and Diane's coffee morning and Elaine ran a craft stall at the event

Ian doesn’t know how he will feel when he’s 20,000ft up in the air but he’s determined to boost funds for prostate cancer research.

He says: “When they pull the parachute out, you are travelling at 120mph and then you fly like a bird.”

Ian chairs Spalding and District Darts League and has been on the world stage since 2000.

* Sponsor Ian by visiting JustGiving and searching for him by name - or click here to go to the Team Darts for Prostate Cancer UK fundraising page and find out how you can help.

Team Darts are selling shirts for the cause and so far supporters have bought more than 600.

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