Photograph by Jo Young
This was originally brought to my attention in an article by the infamous Dartoid, and that article referanced another article on the website of the Doctor of Darts, Patrick Chaplin, and I thought this deserved an article here at The Oche.
Hoping to raise money for a local charity, a team of brave and daring lady darts players from across East Yorkshire have bared their all in a 2008 calendar.
From Patrick’s website:
The twelve players, all from East Yorkshire, posed naked, Calendar Girls-style, with darts, dartboard and other pub-related items to produce a calendar to raise money for the Dove House Hospice in east Hull. The calendar was recently launched at the Ideal Standard Club in County Road North, west Hull and the girls were on hand for a signing session at the Princes Quay Shopping Centre in the city centre in mid-November.
Co-organiser, Dave Taylor, author of the recent book on the history of Hull darts Make Mine a Double, told Darts World, ?Businesses across Hull and the East Riding covered the costs by each sponsoring a month on the calendar. The girls loved taking part in the project for such a good cause. Dove House Hospice does a fantastic job. It offers specialist palliative care to adults with life-limiting illnesses and we would like to raise about ?3,000 through the sale of the calendar.”
Hopefully as word of this charity spreads around the internet, their goal will be far exceeded.
One of the participants in the calendar has somewhat of a personal envolvement. Ruth Ward, “Miss December” in the calendar, lost her grandfather to leukemia and an aunt to cancer, and both relatives were comforted by the efforts of Dove House. “If I was asked to do something like this again I would do it. I feel quite proud.” said Ms Ward.
Fundraising coordinator for the hospice, Sarah Cusic said “The calendar is really fun, and we are so pleased the organisers chose to support the hospice. The money helps us add life to days when days can’t be added to life.”
The Hull Darts Calendar Girls 2008 costs ?6.99 and is available locally from Waterstone’s in Jameson Street and Browns Bookshop in George Street, city centre, and the Ideal Standard Club. It is also available to Darts World readers for ?9.00 (including postage and packing) in the UK. You may also contact Dave Taylor by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 07742 716403 to place an order.