Sporting legends turn out for ED&F Man’s charity darts competition

Darts icons Phil 'the Power' Taylor and James ‘The Machine’ Wade helped to raise £42,000 for charity when they squared off at ED&F Man’s second annual celebrity darts tournament on February 19th.

Former England footballers Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux were also among the players competing for the Richard Browne Trophy, named in honour of ED&F Man Capital Markets’ colleague Richard Browne, who was sadly lost to cancer.

Over 200 ED&F Man staff and guests gathered at the Grange Hotel in central London for the event, arranged by Richard’s colleagues. Grant Howard, part of the team that organised the event, summed up the evening: “What a top night! Once again there was a great turnout from ED&F Man staff and from the four charities. Phil, James, Lee and Graeme were on top form and went out of their way for photos and autographs.”

The fundraising total of £21,000 was matched by Charico, ED&F Man’s charity committee, raising it to a grand total of £42,000, which was split between four charities:

  • Action Against Cancer, which focuses on the treatment and prevention of cancer, with much of the work led by world-renowned oncologist, Professor Justin Stebbing.  
  • Maggie’s, which offers people with cancer and their families practical and emotional support.
  • Ordinary to Extraordinary (O2e), which strives to improve the lives of children with disabilities and children who are seriously ill, through exercise and adventure activities.
  • Yorke Dance Project, which helps deprived children into the world of dance in the UK.

Twenty teams competed on the night, with the O2e charity team 'Abstract Interiors' winning the Richard Browne Trophy. James Wade beat Phil Taylor with a 167 finish (treble 20, treble 19, bullseye) to win the special ED&F Man Trophy.