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Throwing arrows in record breaking attempt to raise cash for Scotty's Little Soldiers

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A husband and wife team and two brothers are stepping on to the oche next week for a record breaking attempt in aid of charity.

On the oche: from left Simon and Garry Whittaker, Tony and Lorraine Barnes. (11715251)
On the oche: from left Simon and Garry Whittaker, Tony and Lorraine Barnes. (11715251)

Tony and Lorraine Barnes and Simon and Garry Whittaker are going to attempt a world record for the longest game of pairs at darts. The current record is 49 hours, 29 minutes and 18 seconds and has stood since 2016.

The four are making the attempt starting from midday on Thursday (13) at the GER Sports Club in March and throwing the arrows until at least 1.30pm on Saturday (15). They will be raising money for Scotty's Little Soldiers, the charity set up in memory of former Neale-Wade student Cpl Lee Scott who was killed in Afghanistan.

The charity was set up by his widow Nikki to help children of service personnel who are killed in service.

Lee known by his mates as Scotty served in the Tank Regiment and Simon Whittaker served alongside him.

Tony said: "Simon and Gary and I grew up in the same street. I didn't know Lee but of course Simon served with him.

"We are all keen darts players. My wife and I are secretary of the North Witchford League and she is also secretary of the summer league. I'm also on the selective for the Cambridgeshire county team which is based at the GER, where I'm president of the club.

"We like to support Scotty's Little Soldiers not only because he was from March but because it is a really worthwhile cause, so we do what we can to help them.

"If we start playing at 12pm on Thursday and finish at 1.30pm on Saturday then we will have beaten the record by 42 seconds, but hopefully we will be able to keep going a bit longer.

"It sounds quite easy, but going without sleep and standing up is going to be quite challenging and if you throw darts for a long time your arm is going to ache.

"We are hoping to get the world record verified by the Guinness Book of Records so we are videoing everything and have witnesses to the whole thing. People will be able to come along and cheer us on during the normal club opening times too."

The fundraiser will end with a disco, which Tony said: "We hope will be a double celebration on Saturday evening. It will be free entry, but we ask that people make a donation to Scotty's, and there will also be a raffle.

"We have set a target of £5,000 on the Justgiving page and we have already raised around £1,500."

The four have been sponsored by three local firms: HK Timbers, which is Tony's employer; Greenvale where Simon works and Laws Engineering.

To sponsor the record breaking attempt visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tony-lorraine-simon-gary-worldrecorddarts

And for more about Scotty's visit: www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk

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