In the evening of Tuesday 30th October, elite bookmakers Fitzdares held the world’s first ever luxury darts evening, in support of National Numeracy. The event pitted amateurs against professional darts players, and National Numeracy was the charity of choice due to the strong connection between the sport and numeracy.
“Darts at the Arts” took place at The Arts Club in London. The evening was attended by a host of celebrity guests, including Hugo Taylor, Jamie Theakston and Donna Air, as well as National Numeracy trustees.
“Darts players have to be great with numbers, so it was fun to play on this link to raise money to support those who struggle”, said Mike Ellicock, Chief Executive of National Numeracy (pictured). He also gave a speech about National Numeracy’s aim to enable everyone in the UK to be numerate, and how the charity does this through providing tools and raising awareness.
Later in the evening, National Numeracy’s very own celebrity ambassador Rachel Riley (pictured) hosted a ‘Maths Off’, a light-hearted contest between four of the darts players, Michael Van Gerwen, Bobby George, Paul Nicholson and Vincent Van Der Voort. She also threw the final darts of the night, from which the score was converted into a donation for National Numeracy.
The evening was a great success, raising funds for National Numeracy from generous donors. This support will contribute to enabling more people to improve their skills and confidence with numbers.
Image credit: fitzdares.com
Making a difference
National Numeracy is looking forward to putting the donation to good use. Find out more about how we are helping people to feel more confident about numbers.