Johnstone: Paul Kennedy Hosts Celebrity Darts Tournament

A JOHNSTONE man who has been battling prostate cancer for over a year aims to raise big money for charity by hosting a celebrity darts tournament.

Paul Kennedy will host the event at the Royal British Legion, Renfrew Road, Paisley on Friday October 28, with proceeds going to the Beatson Cancer Charity.

Having played the sport for over 40 years, Paul is Vice President of the Paisley and District Darts League.

Now he will use his Darts connections to give something back to the Beatson for the treatment and support he has received from the staff since last year.

Paul, 58, told The Gazette: “I was diagnosed with prostate cancer just over a year ago.

“I want to raise as much money as possible to help others go through the same treatment as me.

“The Beatson staff do a fantastic job. From the receptionist to the radiographers to the oncologists, the work they do is first class.

Paul hopes to sign some of the biggest names in darts, including former World Championship quarter-finalist Paul Hanvidge of Barrhead.

The aim is to pit 12 top darts players against celebrities and stars from other sports including football, rugby, billiards and martial arts.

Invitations have been sent to Celtic, Rangers and St Mirren, as well as the Glasgow Warriors rugby team, to send representatives.

Paul has had 20 radiation therapy sessions since his cancer diagnosis, but is now on the road to recovery.

He is married with two children and works as a team leader in a large supermarket chain.

Paul added: “It was a worrying time for me after the diagnosis, but the Beatson staff were very supportive.

“I still get hormone injections every three months, but I’m making good progress. I also have someone who calls me some Beatson every week as part of a friendship service.

“I’m appealing to anyone who wants to donate or participate in fundraising to get in touch with me or the Beatson.”

Paul can be contacted on 0770 782 3600 or [email protected]

Kristen T. Prall