Bridlington Bullseyes raise £6,000 in memory of their friends

The Bulleyes and Friends raised almost �6,000 in aid of Race For Life.

The Bulleyes and Friends raised almost �6,000 in aid of Race For Life.

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A DARTS team who took part in the Race For Life in memory of several friends who have lost their lives to cancer have raised almost £6,000 to help fund research into the disease.

Pictured are the Bullseyes And Friends who have raised a grand total of £5,989 for Cancer Research - their greatest amount yet since they started fund-raising for Race For Life three years ago.

The team, who are affiliated to the Bull and Sun, have lost five of their number to cancer in recent years, including two women who ran the Race For Life last year.

As previously reported in 2011 Will Garland’s wife Kath, and mother Daphne, both took part in the race with the Bullseyes.

Kath, who had already been diagnosed and was receiving treatment, and Daphne were the last to cross the finishing line to a huge emotional reception.

After a year of suffering Kath, 71, died on New Year’s Eve. Daphne was then diagnosed with cancer and died in March, aged 81.

Speaking to the Free Press earlier this year Will urged everyone to support the team’s fund-raising efforts.

“I’ve lost my beloved wife and mother to cancer, and five years ago I lost my dad to it too. It’s so important to find a cure for this terrible illness. I’ve got two granddaughters, and two grandsons. We don’t want our children and our grandchildren to get this awful disease.

“This fund-raising is so important, and God bless them all for all the effort that they are putting into this. We need to find a cure or a way of preventing cancer, for everyone’s sake,” he said.

The team started fund-raising for Race For Life back in 2009 after losing long time member Madge Hardy.

In 2009 the Bullseyes And Friends raised £1,414, in 2010 it was £2,528 and last year the figure reached £4,066.

This year the group have held a wide range of fund-raising events including a treasure hunt, sponsored bag pack at Morrisons Supermarket, a quiz night and raffle, and a 1970’s music night fronted by the Boogie Shoes band. Their efforts culminated in the Race For Life which this year was held at Sewerby Hall.

Marian Kirkham, one of the founder members of the Bullseyes And Friends, said they would like to thank everyone for their support including the Bull and Sun.