DARTS star Terry Jenkins will be adding his weight towards a heartfelt drive to help a Herefordshire man who suffered a traumatic brain injury in Kington earlier this year.

Martin Wilks has been recovering at the Central England Rehabilitation Unit in Leamington Spa, since a catastrophic fall from a stepladder in June which has left him severely disabled.

Friends and neighbours at Almeley have rallied round to support Martin’s wife Helen, and do what they can to help prepare the couple’s cottage for his return.

As part of a major fundraiser, Terry 'the Bull’ Jenkins will be challenging all comers to a game of darts on December 7.

After Martin’s fall in Kington town centre, he was taken to hospital in Hereford and then to the regional major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

He has suffered from seizures, pneumonia, hospital acquired infections and developed a grapefruit-sized abscess in one lung. He is unable to walk but has movement in one arm.

Originally the darts fundraiser was to have taken place in the award-winning Bells Inn, but the organisers needed a bigger venue so Terry will be playing at Almeley Village Hall, with Jason and Lisa Hudson, the Bells’ landlords, managing the bar and preparing food for the evening.

Helen and her family have been supporting Martin in hospital, but for Helen this means a daily round trip of 170 miles.

To enable Martin to return home, their cottage needs significant modification so that Martin can use his wheelchair around the house. Helen has been touched by the help she has received from the village, friends and neighbours.

More than £17,000 has been raised through the Bring Martin Home Appeal as a result of village events, grants, generous donations and crowdfunding.

“The help we have been given has been overwhelming,” said Helen. “Our income had dropped to zero as both Martin and I are self-employed and the funds raised so far have meant that money is one thing less to worry about, at least in the immediate future.”

Indeed, support has been tremendous, as has the response to the Almeley’s Darts Challenge. Terry will be playing darts from 7pm until around 11pm and anyone who would like to support Martin and Helen will be welcome at the village hall, and of course, darts players will have a chance to pit their skills against Ledbury's famous Bull.

Donations in support of Martin and Helen can be made online at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/friendsofmartinandhelenwilks