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BULLSEYE: Darts competition held in memory of beloved Berkhamsted father

 Published on: 29th June 2023   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

The Berkhamsted community remembered one of its own with a charity darts competition last month.

The Geoff Lambourne Cup was contested on June 6 at Berkhamsted Football Club in memory of Geoff, a resident born and bred in the town, who passed away at the age of 64 in 2018.

Geoff was a lifelong fan of darts, winning many singles championships and even appearing on the gameshow Bullseye in 1985.

The year after he passed away, his family hosted a charity darts event which replicated the episode he had appeared on.

After the initial event in 2019, which would have been on Geoff’s 65th birthday, the family were then unable to host further events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This June, however, more than 70 players entered the competition hosted in his name.

Geoff’s daughter Jo said: “It was fantastic. With players and spectators, we had more than 100 people come down.

“This year, we decided to support Hospice of St Francis. When dad had cancer, we were speaking with the nurses and he was potentially going to go there. In the end, his condition worsened and he didn’t even get that far, bless him. He went to hospital and passed away there, but we knew the hospice was ready to help and they’ve supported my mum with some counselling in recent times. We just wanted to give back what we could.”

The event was a roaring success as 36 mixed pairs of men and women competed, with Jackie Evans and Pete Sharp emerging as victors.

Jo said: “We managed to raise more than £250 for the hospice. We only charge £2 per person. Hopefully next year we can get even more players and charge a bit more to raise even more money. We know that the format works, and everyone really enjoys it.”

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