Harvey takes to the oche during his Ally Pally trip
For many of us, Christmas will seem like a distant memory, but a 10-year-old boy from Wickham Skeith relives his best festive gift every single day.
Harvey Stringer, who has high functioning autism, was invited to visit Alexander Palace in London – the home of darts – in December, to watch the William Hill World Darts Championship as a guest of Matthew Porter, the chief executive of the Professional Darts Corporation.
The Thorndon Primary School pupil’s mum, Clare, sent in some of the pictures of the two days they were there, which included a tour of the venue, Harvey being given the chance to walk on to the stage and throw some darts as well as seeing the Sid Waddell Trophy.
She said: “Harvey is completely obsessed with darts. Any chance he gets when we are out and there is a darts board, he is on it. He also practices a lot at home, too
“Just seeing the look on Harvey’s face and seeing him enjoy himself was just the best Christmas present ever. We will never forget it and we will be forever grateful.”
Some of the stars of the darts world Harvey got to meet included Russ Bray, Stuart Pyke, Paul Nicholson, Wayne Mardle and his favourite player, ex-rugby league and union player turned darts star Gerwyn Price.
Harvey said: “My mum and dad watch darts and I used to watch the players and want to be like them.
“It was brilliant, I was so close to the players and to see the games. It was also amazing to go into the commentary box and see how Wayne Mardle and Stuart Pyke commentate on them. I just loved it.”
Clare said her son talks about the trip all the time and he even watches the recordings on the television of the December 19 and 21 dates as he can see himself on them.