Man who witnessed firsthand the 'devastation' caused by cancer organises charity darts day to give back

A Grimsby man who has witnessed the "devastation" caused by cancer and wanted to give something back is gearing up to host a charity darts day in aid of Macmillan.

Josh Heath, 23, has spent months organising the Family Charity Darts Day, a family-friendly Darts tournament at The Honest Lawyer pub in Grimsby on Sunday, May 26, which will include a range of other fun activities throughout the day, with all proceeds going to a very worthy cause.

For a minimum donation of £5, each entrant can choose their own nickname and song to walk out to, as well as being in with the chance of winning a prize if they're good enough a darts player to place first or second in the tournament.


Josh decided to organise the event after he recently lost his great uncle to cancer, and after his best friend tragically lost his dad to the disease.

Speaking to Grimsby Live, Josh said: "My great uncle died of cancer recently and my fiancée's nan has it. My best friend Tom's dad also passed away a couple of months ago, and he was a massive fan of Darts. Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer so I felt it was a good cause for everyone, and I've not been much of a charitable person before so I wanted to do something.

Josh decided to organise the event to give something back -Credit:Josh Heath
Josh decided to organise the event to give something back -Credit:Josh Heath

"I've seen the devastation that cancer causes and heard all the stories about the work Macmillan do. When my uncle was poorly, the nurses were going to his house every day, and they do so much. Even if they're not there in person they're over the phone to offer support and answer any questions, they're just there for you.

"These [services] don't pay for themselves so we've got to pump money into it to keep it going, otherwise people living with cancer can't get the help they need. Macmillan aren't saving lives, but the service is helping people live comfortably and without stress or worry until the end of their lives."

People of all ages are welcome to attend the event, whether they want to play Darts or not. In between games, there will be name card activities, raffles, bake sales and face painting, along with a weather-dependent Penalty Shoot Out event.

People can donate on the day or through Josh's Gofundme fundraiser here. For more information about the event, click here.