Phil Taylor has handed over an incredible £20,000 donation to help a sick young Scottish darts fan receive life-saving treatment. The 16-time world champion made the remarkable gesture after meeting 6-year-old Jackson Waddell at an exhibition in Govan over the weekend.
The brave youngster suffers with cerebral palsy and his family are attempting to raise £70,000 to send him to America for life-saving treatment. Nevertheless, Taylor was touched by young Jackson’s bravery and handed over £20,000, before vowing to help the family raise a further £50,000 to fund his operation.
Jackson was introduced to ‘The Power’ after being taken to the exhibition event by his family, which was also attended by Scottish number one and two-time world champion Gary Anderson. Taylor struck up an instant rapport with the Irvine-based youngster and was desperate to make a difference.
“I just turned up at the Fairfield Social club in Govan and I was introduced to him and I couldn’t help but want to do something. We got chatting and his family are also lovely and it’s just heart-breaking what he is going through and needs that treatment. The family were trying their hardest to raise the cash, but I can help immediately with the £20,000.”
However, Taylor also vowed to contact his famous friends Ronnie O’Sullivan and Robbie Williams, urging them to add to the fund. “I’m going to spend the next few days ringing round a few pals like Robbie and Ronnie and we’ll get the full £70,000 he needs. I was blown away by Jackson, I was almost in tears from the moment I met him. He’s such a lovely kid.”
The exhibition was organised by darts promoter Wullie Burns, who was stunned and thrilled by Taylor’s admirable generosity. Burns told the Daily Mirror: “Jackson’s grandfather plays darts in a team local to me in Irvine and asked me if they could come along to the exhibition with Phil and Gary to try and raise more money. “
“We managed to get £650 and I was really pleased with that, but Phil just left us all gobsmacked by his generosity. I’ve no doubt that Phil will help them raise the £70,000 needed and that’s just incredible. I’m just so delighted because they’re a lovely family,” he added. What a magnificent and classy gesture from the greatest player of all time!
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