Darts players remember two friends

Charity cheques were presented last night in memory of two darts players.

Nigel Strong and Mark Longhurst were popular members of the Uckfield and District Darts League, based at the Uckfield Club, and their friends have been raising funds in tribute to them.


Happy to present cheques to Pete Wilkes from the British Heart Foundation and Carol Hughes from St Peter and St James Hospice are: Chris Brady, Danny Pellett, Dan Inman, Dan Green, Clare Strong, Ian Driver, Jackie Longhurst, Darren Barton, Stuart Crowhurst, Paul Longhurst, Mickey Funnell, and Cathy Deering.

Nigel, a keen sportsman who enjoyed golf and cricket as well as darts died of a heart attack aged 58 in March 2016.

Mark, enjoyed fishing as well as darts. He died aged 44 in December 2017 of cancer.


Darts players Nigel Strong and Mark Longhurst (with dog Jango), who were remembered at a cheque presentation last night.

Funds were presented last night to the British Heart Foundation, £750, and St Peter and St James Hospice, £2,750, in memory of the two players.

Cathy Deering, treasurer of the darts league, told Uckfield News the organisation was like a big family and Nigel and Mark were much missed.

Chairman Mickey Funnell, who has played in the league for 50 years, said the two would never be forgotten especially as there were trophies with their names on.


Clare Strong, widow of Nigel, presents a cheque to Pete Wilkes of the British Heart Foundation while Mickey Funnell, chairman, and Cathy Deering, treasurer of the Uckfield and District Darts League look on.


Jackie and Paul Longhurst, mum and brother of Mark Longhurst present a cheque to Carol Hughes from St Peter and St James Hospice on behalf of the Uckfield and District Darts League. League chairman Mickey Funnell, left, and treasurer Cathy Deering, right, are also in the picture.


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