Darts players were hoping to hit the bullseye for Great Ormond Street Hospital by taking part in a 12 hour darts marathon in memory of a Thetford man who died aged 36.

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The marathon was held at the Norfolk Terrier pub in Anna Gurney Close, Thetford on Saturday in memory of father-of-two Gavin Simonds, who died on November 21 at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

His friend Graham Bell, 64, organised the fundraiser, with all of the proceeds going to the London children’s hospital, where Mr Simonds was looked after until age 17 Gavin was born with a congenital heart condition that lead to several other health complications .

Participants were also able to win prizes including £10 for getting the highest score from nine darts and £5 if they were able to shoot through a hole in a polo mint placed on the dart board.

There was also a raffle.

Mr Bell said he knew Mr Simonds after befriending his parents Joy and Mick Simonds, adding: “Gavin was the sort of person that did not have a bad bone in his body.

“He would do anything for anybody. I never heard him moan about anything. He was a terrific person and will be sadly missed.”

Mr Bell added: “Throughout his life, he battled with illness, but he was never one to complain. He was a lovely chap.”

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