DARTS players in Renfrewshire have raised £800 in memory of a friend who took his own life after a 10-year battle with cancer.

Ian Stewart, who was a popular member of the Renfrewshire Darts League, died in August, at the age of 54.

Keen to honour his memory, friends and family rallied round to support a fundraising night at Davidson’s Bar, in Renfrew, in aid of the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre and the Samaritans charity.

Ian’s brother Derek said the event was a resounding success.

He told The Gazette: “There was a big turnout, with around 80 darts players coming along, and we managed to raise £800, which will be split evenly between the Beatson and the Samaritans.

“Everyone at the event knew Ian, who was a very good darts player. Most had played with him or against him, so he was a familiar figure in Renfrew’s eight pubs and in others throughout Renfrewshire.

“He had a difficult 10 years with cancer and had undergone a brain operation. However, he was always talking away and wanted no pity – he didn’t want to burden anyone.”

Ian, who lived in Baillieston, was cared for at the Beatson during his cancer battle, with his loved ones determined to raise money for the worthy cause.

“The Beatson gave excellent care to Ian,” said Derek, who lives in Cardonald.

“We wanted to show our gratitude.

“We also wanted to raise awareness of suicide by helping the Samaritans.”

To find out how you can support the treatment of cancer patients at the Beatson, visit the website.

If you are feeling low and would like someone to talk to, Samaritans operates a free helpline 24 hours a day, which can be reached by calling 116 123.

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