Dart throwing Dionne has a heart of gold

Dionne Geddes has organised a darts marathon to be held in the Commercial Inn on Saturday 2nd of November between 12 and 8  in aid of Epilepsy Scotland.
Dionne Geddes has organised a darts marathon to be held in the Commercial Inn on Saturday 2nd of November between 12 and 8 in aid of Epilepsy Scotland.

A teenage fund-raiser is stepping up to the oche in memory of her friend who died suddenly earlier this year.

Dionne Geddes (13), who is a pupil at Arbroath Academy, has organised an eight-hour darts marathon in aid of Epilepsy Scotland.

The charity is particularly poignant for Dionne, as her friend, Shannan Stringer, also aged 13, died after suffering from an epileptic seizure in August.

And in memory of Shannan, Dionne will be carrying out the challenge on Saturday, November 2, in the Commercial Inn – where it is hoped that more money can be added to the £3,000 which has already been raised.

Dionne is no stranger to fund-raising and she has helped out several charities recently – including the Arbroath branch of the RNLI – by carrying out bag packing sessions.

And her mum Marie Coutts, says that her daughter has a ‘heart of gold’.

She explained: “This event is something very, very close to her heart, and she thought that it would be the right thing to do, especially when Shannan’s family gave it the go-ahead.

“I’m very, very proud of her for organising this and she really does have a heart of gold.

“She just wants to help people and nothing fazes her. She’s always thinking of what to do next.”

The darts marathon starts at 12 noon and will go on until 8 p.m., next Saturday and there will also be a raffle, with many prizes donated by local businesses.

And Dionne is hoping that local people will come out to support her during her challenge.

Mum Marie added: “Anybody can come down on the day and she wants to make people more aware of the condition.

“Dionne will be playing for the full eight hours and it would be nice if she had some folk joining in.

“She is so pleased with what she has raised so far and hopes to add to it.”