Play ‘a bit of Bully’ in contest for breast cancer research

Doreen Hewitt with Luke Harrison, branch manager of Norwich & Peterborough Building Society, Spalding.
Doreen Hewitt with Luke Harrison, branch manager of Norwich & Peterborough Building Society, Spalding.
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A breast cancer survivor from Spalding is showing the “bullseye” spirit and organising a charity darts tournament in the town next month.

Doreen Hewitt (69) is turning the popular sport into a fundraising day on Sunday, April 17 when Spalding Services and Social Club in High Street will host a darts tournament in aid of the breast surgery unit at Pilgrim Hoaspital, Boston.

When they told me that it was breast cancer, my exact words to the doctors were ‘I’ve got a life so I’m not going to let this cancer ruin it’

Doreen Hewitt of Pinchbeck & District Darts League

The tournament is open to darts players of all levels, with events on the day to also include a raffle, cake stall and talk on cancer before the action gets under way at 1pm.

Doreen said: “I found out that I had breast cancer three years ago when I went to Pilgrim Hospital just for a normal scan.

“The doctors picked up the cancer straight away and they asked me to come back immediately for treatment.

“But because it was so small and they caught it in time, the doctors sorted me out straight away.

“When they told me what it was, my exact words to the doctors were ‘I’ve got a life so I’m not going to let this cancer ruin it’.”

Doreen, a retired care worker who is now membership secretary of the Royal British Legion Spalding branch, is getting help in putting on the tournament from well-known Spalding darts official Ian Tilley.

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A number of businesses have also come on board by donating raffle prizes, including Norwich and Peterborough Building Society which has a branch in Sheep Market, Spalding.

Doreen said: “Norwich and Peterborough have been very good to us and we’re very thankful to them for putting themselves out to help is by donating some prizes towards the raffle.

“But we’re still looking for more sponsors to help us with the costs of the tournament as entry for spectators only is free.

“We’d also like people to bake cakes and to help us get a good turnout on the day.”

Players wishing to enter the tournament, which is best of seven legs for men and best of five for women, can register on the day for a cost of £5.

For more details, call Doreen on 01775 766113 or Ian on 07950 143622.

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