Hospice is set to pot a bumper snooker payout

BLUEBELL Wood Children’s Hospice received a major boost yesterday (Wednesday) when it was named World Snooker’s official charity partner for 2012/13.

The hospice in North Anston offers care and support to children with a shortened life expectancy, both in their own homes and at the hospice, helping families across the region.

Last season, World Snooker supported Haven House Children’s Hospice in Essex and raised more than the target of £120,000. It is hoped that a similar sum can be raised for Bluebell Wood.

World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn and World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association chairman Jason Ferguson visited the hospice to announce the partnership.

Barry Hearn described it as “an amazing charity. It’s only when you visit Bluebell Wood that you realise the extent of the work they do for children and their families. It costs £3m a year to provide that service and they receive no statutory government funding. We are determined to do everything we can to help them and we have several initiatives lined up which will raise money. Once again, player fines will be donated to the charity.

“Sheffield is the Snooker City so it is fitting that we are working with a charity in the region.”

Sarah Champion, chief executive of Bluebell Wood, said: “It is an incredible honour to be chosen. It is only through the support of organisations such as World Snooker that we can continue giving the vital support to children in our region who will not reach adulthood.”