The week just gone focused very much on my biggest event of my term of office.
Back in May last year I announced I had planned a 24 hour Dart-a-thon with the manager of Creasey Park, James Slack. I think people thought I wouldn’t pull it off!! As months went by, I started to design posters, talk to local businesses to gather support and to make firm plans. Momentum grew on it and before I knew it the weekend arrived !
An absolute blast is how I would describe the Dart-a-thon! Huge thank you to all the business sponsors and to everyone who donated prizes, it really does mean a lot.
We have raised around £3500 for my charities – a massive amount of money in 24hours !
Special thank you James, Kelley and Dave, Town Council staff that did the full 24hrs with myself, my husband, sister and brother in law, my deputy Lisa and friends – that did the whole 24 hours, plus those that came and threw some darts for for an hour; two hours or more!
Cllr’s John Chatterley, Greg George, John Gurney, Peter Hollick and Gloria Martin also came to support during the 24 hrs.
Irmak Lounge, Domino’s Pizza, Tops Pizza and Lisa Roberts Catering provided the food to keep the 100 plus people engaged and involved in the event.
Coconut Garden – Malaysian, Thai & Singaporean Restaurant in Bedfordshire thank you for huge bag of crackers and dip at midnight on Friday – they went down a treat !
Perfect Personalised Parties – UK were amazing on Friday night with Craig really getting the crowd that gathered to take part going.
Over 100 people on the Friday night and another 50 or so on Saturday to join those lasting the cause.
Luton’s Deadpool came on Saturday afternoon and went amongst the AFC crowd at Creasey collecting a further £60.
The silent auction for Luton v Watford tickets raised £150. Thank you to those that bid and to Sperring Residential for the donation of the tickets.
Lance Haggith CEO of Sports Traider and donated a new dartboard, surround and darts – which was very much appreciated and allowed for a third board.
The Barrow of Booze was won by Wayne.
The Darts Square mystery player was revealed by Georgina behind the bar at Creasey Park and Gerwyn Price was the player name. £200 went to the winner of the competition, Lisa, and they immediately gave back £100 to my charities.
Highest checkout was 128 ! There were a few 140s but no 180s! We estimate over the 24hrs we threw 6 darts every minute, totalling around 30,000 darts across the three boards constantly in play.
Raffle ticket numbers were pulled out on Saturday night and if you are a winner, I will be in touch in the coming days to arrange drop off if you were not there on the day.
It really was a great community event and so many people contributed to it in some way, and I am very grateful.
The week ahead sees me represent the town at a Luton Breakfast Business event on Tuesday, host a group of Brownies at Grove House on Tuesday evening and take part in the next phase of the planting scheme at Mentmore Park, Dunstable.