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3rd Jul, 2022

Teen Joe's memory lives on as darts tournament held in his name returns

THE MEMORY of a Rugby teen lives on as a darts tournament held in his name returned after a year off due to the pandemic.

The Joe Spooner Darts Tournament – named after the 15-year-old Lawrence Sheriff School pupil who died of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) in 2005 – was held at the Workers Club in Oliver Street.

Angie Jones won the women’s trophy, beating Cheryl Douglas in the final.

Martin Bowley was victorious in the men’s tournament after beating Pete Wills in the final – and went on to claim the Joe Spooner Trophy after defeating Angie in the overall final.

There were 47 entrants, and many more came along to support the event which raised over £1,800 for the SADS UK charity through entry fees, an auction, and donations from the club, sponsors Bradley Electrical, the Prince of Wales pub and Amazon.

Since Joe’s death, his parents Tracey Prior and Stephen Spooner have raised tens of thousands of pounds for the charity, donating defibrillators to schools, sports clubs and community venues.

Tracey said: “Joe’s family and friends would like to thank players, supporters, the Workers Club, Bradley Electrical and everyone who donated prizes, time and energy.

“You are amazing and your continued support means so much. SADS UK is a fantastic charity which works tirelessly in so many ways. All money raised goes into Joe’s account with them and places life-saving defibrillators into communities.”

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