Snooker legend Ken Doherty challenges Sheffield train passengers

Snooker legend Ken Doherty is challenging memebers of the public to raise money for Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity at Sheffield Train Station. Picture: Andrew Roe

Snooker legend Ken Doherty is challenging memebers of the public to raise money for Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity at Sheffield Train Station. Picture: Andrew Roe

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Train passengers had the chance to challenge a sporting legend while travelling through Sheffield today.

Snooker professional Ken Doherty was taking on commuters at the train station to help launch the World Snooker Championships, which start at the Crucible tomorrow.

Snooker legend Ken Doherty is challenging memebers of the public to raise money for Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity at Sheffield Train Station. Picture: Andrew Roe

Snooker legend Ken Doherty is challenging memebers of the public to raise money for Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity at Sheffield Train Station. Picture: Andrew Roe

He also performed several trick shots during the event, much to the delight of onlookers.

Ken was joined by World Snooker official coach, Steve Malinder.

Money raised during the challenge will go towards Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Ashgate Hospice.

Jason Cocker, East Midlands Trains route manager, said: “This is the second year we’ve supported the championships in this way and it generates a great deal of excitement amongst passengers and staff.”

Meanwhile, children’s hospice Bluebell Wood is getting a fundraising boost thanks to the snooker championships at the Crucible.

World Championship title sponsor Betfred will donate £200 to the hospice for every century break made during the 17 days of this year’s tournament. If the century tally reaches 70, the donation will be rounded up to £25,000.

Rachael Dawes, corporate fundraiser for Bluebell Wood said: “We are incredibly proud and grateful to have such support from Betfred and World Snooker. This creative and fun century break initiative will help to raise much needed funds towards the £3million a year we need to keep our doors open and our specialist services running.”