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Phil Taylor set to embark on new health kick in charity challenge to raise funds for young fan

Taylor must lose around four stones in order to secure the donation (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Phil Taylor has been set the task of losing 60lbs in six months as part of a charity bet to raise vital funds for young cerebral palsy sufferer Jackson Waddell.

The 16-time World Champion has already donated £20,000 of his own money to the six-year-old after their encounter at an exhibition in Glasgow last week.

Now, 'The Power' aims to shed a whopping four stones with the intention of raising a further £25,000 towards sending the young fan to the US for specialist treatment.

Taylor, who was beaten 10-9 by Peter Wright in the Semi-Finals of the Premier League on Thursday, said: "After Thursday I'll be hitting the gym - I've got to lose 60lbs in six months as part of a charity bet with Dafabet.

"If I do it it'll be £25,000 towards the charity for Jackson Waddell - I'll cut my leg off if I have to!

"I've also had a £2,000 side bet at 8/1 that I'll do it - that will also go in the pot.

"If I don't do it I have to pay the £16,000 myself, but if I do it, they will pay it as well as the £25,000."

Taylor's generosity captured the hearts of darts fans worldwide last week and a subsequent JustGiving page has already raised an additional £33,000.

The 56-year-old has called upon some of his celebrity friends to get involved with the fundraising effort, including pop star Robbie Williams, and Taylor admits he has been humbled by the reaction of the public. 

"I'm gobsmacked by the reaction," he added. "We only started it last week and we've more or less raised the money now.

"Robbie [Williams] is sending some stuff over to auction off and I've been in touch with Ronnie O'Sullivan. 

"I walked down the stairs before going on stage, I saw him in his dad's arms, the only thing he did is smile at me and that was it, I melted.

"He's got cerebral palsy so any money we raise will help towards buying the machinery needed to build his muscles up."

In 2012, Taylor starred in a 'Fit Britain' documentary during which lost five stones before going on to win his 16th World Championship title the following January.

Three years ago, he embarked on a juice diet during a three-week sabbatical in a mountain resort in Portugal, shedding around three stones.


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