Bravedart’s bid for BDO return

'Bravedart' - Jamie Harvey
‘Bravedart’ – Jamie Harvey

JAMIE HARVEY is a player who has certainly lived up to his nickname.

He has battled throat cancer, had lifesaving operations, underwent chemotherapy, radiotherapy and lost four stone when life itself seemed to be slipping away from him.

He has had his voice box removed and fitted with a permanent breathing stoma to enable him to merely speak.

But just six years on from the traumatic experiences, Bravedart is looking for help from his fans to give him one last shot at glory.

Harvey, now 60, is the subject of a tribute and benefit evening in Linwood Social Club, near Paisley in Renfrewshire, in order to raise funds to help him get back on the BDO circuit for one more year before he officially retires from the sport.

The Barrhead boy, who reached the semi-finals of the World Championships at the Circus Tavern in 1996, is one of Scottish darts’ most famous sons but last competed in the BDO three years ago.

Harvey has been taking part in exhibitions since his recovery to keep himself sharp but is now relying on backing from the darts world to let him achieve one last swansong on the BDO stage.

His tribute night will feature former PDC World Championship quarter-finalist turned ITV pundit Chris Mason as part of a special Scotland vs England match in addition to a charity auction to also help raise funds for the Laryngectomy Trust.

The exhibition takes place on Thursday, 11 February, tickets are priced £20 and are available by contacting the Paisley & District darts league or on Harvey’s Facebook page.

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