William Hill's Parkinson's Pledge
WILLIAM HILL has donated a fantastic £9,000 to Parkinson’s UK to mark the end of the 2016/2017 William Hill World Darts Championship.
The tournament sponsors had pledged a donation £9,000 for every nine-dart finish achieved at the event to be made to Parkinson's UK, the PDC's official charity partner.
Although darts fans did not see any perfect legs at Alexandra Palace this year – with eight ten-dart legs being achieved – William Hill has made the donation to conclude a memorable World Championship.
"Although the nine-dart finish eluded the tournament this time, we still saw some great matches from the best players in the world," said David Lynn, Head of Sponsorship at William Hill.
"We're delighted to support the PDC's official charity Parkinson's UK with a £9,000 donation."
It is the second time that William Hill has pledged their support to Parkinson's UK as part of the annual event at Alexandra Palace, London which ran from December 15 to January 2.
In addition to the William Hill donation, Parkinson's UK had 66 volunteers at Alexandra Palace throughout the tournament and raised more than £8,700 from fans playing a darts fundraiser in the Fans' Village area.
Sky Sports Darts presenter Dave Clark, a long-time supporter of the charity who has Parkinson's himself, added: "Thank you to William Hill for their generosity.
"Even without the challenging nine-darter, we had a great standard of darts this year with an amazing final.
"I'd also like to thank all the darts fans who got involved in our fundraising and helped to create a fantastic atmosphere in the Fans' Village throughout the tournament."
All money raised will fund cutting-edge research as part of the PDC's "Targeting Parkinson's" campaign to help the charity get closer to a cure for the condition.
For more information about Parkinson's UK, please visit www.parkinsons.org.uk or follow @ParkinsonsUK on Twitter.