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Lewis and Manley Raise Money for Charitys

Two big names in darts are helping raise money for charities. Areian Lewis helped the Cauldwell Children’s charity by taking part in the RAC Charity Track Day Challenge, while Peter Manley, through his participation in Betfred’s Charity Challenge, helped others in need.

(From Unicorn News) Lewis joined a host of other celebrities at the Rockingham circuit in Northamptonshire to raise money for the Cauldwell Children’s charity.

The world number seven was joined by former Eastenders actor James Alexandrou (Martin Fowler in the soap) and Queer Eye For The Straight Guy star Julian Bennett in a series of motoring tests.

Lewis took time out from his preparations for a first round clash with John Walton in the World Darts Trophy in Utrecht on Sunday to go behind the wheel of some high-powered motor-racing cars.

The stars were accompanied by Team RAC drivers Colin Turkington and Tom Onslow-Cole, who compete in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

Tasks on the day included high speed single-seater racing, rally driving, 4×4 and even a tyre change challenge, with over ?15,000 being raised for charity on the day.

For the rest of the article see the Unicorn news site.

Manley’s part in helping comes from Doncaster Free Press in an article by Paul Godwin: TOO often the world’s best darts players get an arrow in the back…
True, they might not strike you as stereotypical athletes – even though the days of knocking back a lager and swigging on a cigarette in between throws are long gone – but these guys are the real deal. You can bet on that.

So when I took to the oche with world number five Peter Manley last week at the town centre’s Betfred in Cleveland Street, the class divide was as wide as it could possibly be.

But as ‘One Dart’ fended off the challenge of local punters, eager to get one over the man darts fans love to hate, I still managed to hit the bullseye – scoring ?110 for the Free Press’ nominated charity, the Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust.

Points meant pounds as I was handed nine darts by the runner up of last year’s PDC World Championship to score as many possible, courtesy of Betfred’s charity challenge.

And stepping up to the plate the pressure was on – it showed as the first dart went sailing into the zero zone!

Cue a couple of deep breaths, a slight readjustment and thankfully some respectability. Hardly a masterclass though.

After scraping three figures, Manley, who lives in Carlisle and is revelling in the attention his sport now receives, made his way over for a chat.

“Me and the wife go round the length and breadth of the country for Betfred,” he said. “They’re fantastic promotions and it’s nice to meet normal people that can’t play darts but really do stand a good chance of winning a free bet on the day.

“It’s a bit of fun and it’s nice to see the 90-year-old who hasn’t thrown darts for 60 years stepping up and dropping in every treble under the sun.

“This is extra work for us,” he said of a calendar crammed with competitions and similar public appearances. “The season’s tough enough now and it’s continuing to get tougher, especially with the youngsters reaching such high standards.

“There’s a tournament now almost every week so to stay at the top you have to really attend every one.

“Everyone who saw the likes of John Lowe and Eric Bristow knows they were on prime-time television every time – and it’s taken that long to come back round.

“But the PDC and Sky television have produced something now that is really special.

“We’re getting crowds of over 5,000 people turning up to events which was never known before.

“I’m not really a villain,” he added. “I’m quite a nice guy, but it’s something that’s been portrayed in my career and has really enhanced my profile.”

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