Crucible players’ big breaks help raise £25,000 for South Yorkshire hospice charity

Alan McManus during his match with John Higgins during day twelve of the Betfred Snooker World Championships at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 27, 2016. See PA story SNOOKER World. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Alan McManus during his match with John Higgins during day twelve of the Betfred Snooker World Championships at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 27, 2016. See PA story SNOOKER World. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

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The potting skills of the world’s best snooker players have helped raise £25,000 for a South Yorkshire children’s charity.

Betfred, lead sponsor of the World Snooker Championship taking place at the Crucible in Sheffield, has handed over the money to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

Betfred are delighted to confirm the donation of �25,000 to Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice, following the 71st century break of this year's Betfred World Snooker Championship.

Betfred are delighted to confirm the donation of �25,000 to Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice, following the 71st century break of this year's Betfred World Snooker Championship.

The firm promised to give £200 to the North Anston charity for every century break in this year’s tournament.

The standard of play has been high as ever, and Alan McManus’ break of 107 took the total number of 100-breaks past 70. The record of 86 was set last year.

Betfred added some extra to the pot to get to the £25,000 total.

“It’s wonderful,” said Alan, a three-time Crucible semi-finalist. “On behalf of all the players if we can raise a few quid from being fortunate enough to play at this beautiful place and pot a few balls then it’s all good.

“These guys do fantastic work and we’re very proud to be associated with Bluebell Wood.”

Betfred’s head of media Mark Pearson made the donation pledge at the official launch of the tournament on April 15. The final will be held at the Crucible on Monday.

Mark said: “I’ve seen first-hand the incredible work that this organisation carries out, so it’s our absolute pleasure to make this donation.

“They have a real positive presence here at the Crucible Theatre and the surrounding Tudor Square, and have become synonymous with the tournament.”