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Jen is on target for charity again

On TARGET ... Simonside Arms darts players, from left, Jen English, Kath Hume, Michael Hume, Martin Hume and Carol Peterson present a �560 cheque to St Clares Hospice fundraiser Marie Watson.

On TARGET ... Simonside Arms darts players, from left, Jen English, Kath Hume, Michael Hume, Martin Hume and Carol Peterson present a �560 cheque to St Clares Hospice fundraiser Marie Watson.

A DARTS event has hit the bullseye for a South Tyneside hospice.

Former barmaid Jen English organised the event to raise £560 for St Clare’s Hospice.

The registered charity, based in Primrose Terrace, Jarrow, provides palliative care to the people of South Tyneside with life-limiting illnesses.

Ms English, 65, has staged the annual event at the Simonside Arms in Newcastle Road, South Shields, for the last 15 years.

And despite retiring last April after 27 years behind the bar, this year was no different.

The event saw Ms English, of Dene Terrace, Tyne Dock, South Shields, and the rest of her darts team collect sponsors for a five-hour darts session in the pub.

The mum-of-two said: “The event has been going for 15 years, so I didn’t want to see it end just because I retired. I’m going to keep doing it for as long as I can. We collected sponsors and had a raffle as well, and the support we got was brilliant. We were all really pleased with how much we raised.”

This year’s event was held in memory of former darts team member Brian Peacock, who passed away at St Clare’s Hospice two years ago.

Ms English added: “I want to say a huge thank you to Garden Lane Garage, who have supported us with a generous donation every time we’ve organised the event, and to all the pub staff and regulars who chipped in.

“I think St Clare’s does a fantastic job. and it needs as many people as possible to do something to help it carry out that work.”

Marie Watson, fundraising manager at St Clare’s, said: “A massive thank you to Jen for continuing her fundraising efforts, despite retiring last year.”

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