Children’s hospice in frame for snooker cash

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SNOOKER bosses yesterday signed a deal which will make a children’s hospice in South Yorkshire the sport’s official charity partner.

World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn visited Bluebell Wood, in Anston, Rotherham, yesterday to announce the partnership.

He said: “It’s only when you visit that you realise the extent of the work they do for children and their families.

“It costs £3m a year and they receive no statutory government funding. 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 we are working with a charity in the region.”