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Keegan Brown takes on extra NHS shifts to help during Coronavirus pandemic

Jamie Shaw in Off The Oche 23 Mar 2020
Brown has stepped in to help ease the strain on the NHS (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Keegan Brown has stepped in to work extra shifts for the NHS on the frontline of the battle against Coronavirus.

Brown balances life as a PDC professional with his day job as a medical lab assistant in blood services on the Isle of Wight.

With the darts calendar having been decimated for at least the next month and with the NHS stretched to capacity, the 27-year-old has offered to up his shifts in an effort to help ease the strain.

Brown continues to work in the lab but revealed in a recent interview that his tasks have become more varied due to the spread of Covid-19 and working in the only hospital on the island.

The world number 30 is continuing to make time for practice in between shifts in preparation for the return of PDC competition.

The 2014 World Youth Champion reached the Quarter-Finals of the most recent Players Championship event a fortnight ago, defeating Rob Cross along the way.

Brown began playing darts at the age of nine and was playing in men’s county league games for the Isle of Wight at the age of 13.

He featured in the 2011 World Youth Championship, losing out to Michael van Gerwen, before joining the main PDC circuit in 2012.