Big break for Bluebell Wood as World Snooker Championship sponsor donates £25,000

Nigel Bond pays a visit to Bluebell Wood
Nigel Bond pays a visit to Bluebell Wood

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice has been given a big break - being handed £25,000 to celebrate this year’s high-scoring World Snooker Championship in Sheffield.

Tournament sponsor Betfred is handing over the money after pledging to give the charity £200 for every century break made by players at The Crucible.

After the tally passed 70, Betfred decided to round up the total to £25,000. Former world championship finalist Nigel Bond, who hails from Chesterfield, visited the hospice in North Anston along with tournament MC Rob Walker to mark the donation.

Nigel said: “It has been great to meet the children here at Bluebell Wood and see what an amazing place the hospice is. It’s incredible to be able to support this charity through World Snooker and I feel humbled to have visited today.”

Rachael Dawes, corporate fundraiser at the hospice, said: “It was brilliant welcoming Nigel, our children really enjoyed meeting him and getting a few snooker tips along the way!

“We are extremely proud to be associated with such a prestigious event as World Snooker.”