Thousands of PDC fans donated to the “Targeting Parkinson's” fundraisers, organised by an army of almost 300 Parkinson’s UK volunteers at 19 PDC events across the UK.
As well as tournament fundraisers, generous donations came from sponsors Betway, BetVictor and William Hill, who pledged £9,000 for every 9-darter thrown at the William Hill World Championships.
The stars of the darts world got behind the partnership by donating unique sporting memorabilia and participating in a silent auction at the PDC Annual Awards Dinner – an event which alone raised £18,000 for research.
Parkinson’s UK was chosen as the PDC’s official charity partner in part thanks to our close relationship with Sky Sports presenter Dave Clark, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2011.
In September 2016, Dave took on his own personal challenge, walking 200 miles from coast to coast with the support of friends, family and Sky Sports.
Together, the generosity of the darts community raised an incredible £200,000 for research into better treatments, and ultimately a cure for Parkinson’s.
The Professional Darts Corporation is the leading professional body in the sport with £11 million in prize money being paid out on its global circuit of tournaments.
The William Hill World Championship, held at London’s Alexandra Palace, sees 66,000 fans attend across Christmas and New Year. The 2016-17 fans at this tournament donated more than £8,700 to Parkinson’s UK.
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