Snooker stars’ ‘big break’ for Bluebell Wood

UK champion Neil Robertson.UK champion Neil Robertson.
UK champion Neil Robertson.
Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice had thier own ‘big break’ after receiving a £18,610 donation following snooker’s UK Championship in York.

The tournament’s principal sponsors Betway’s pre-tournament pledge to donate £10 for every point scored over 100, and £10 for each century break recorded, meant that a total of £17,610 was raised.

Add to that the £1,000 bonus donation triggered by champion Neil Robertson’s history-making maximum 147 in the final, and Betway have given the Sheffield-based charity £18,610.

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Bluebell Wood provides specialist care and support to more than 300 children with complex medical conditions and their families. The charity needs to raise over £4m a year to keep its doors open and only receives less than 10% government funding.

Julie Hampson, Corporate Fundraiser for Bluebell Wood said: “We are absolutely thrilled at such a huge donation from Betway and can’t thank them and World Snooker enough for their continued support. Our hospice is filled with love and laughter and we are here to create special memories at times when families need us the most, so the money donated by Betway will have a real positive impact on the children and families who access our services.”

Betway’s Alan Alger, said: “We’re delighted to be donating the money to Bluebell Wood – a remarkable organisation that works hard to provide the best possible care for children with life limiting conditions and much needed respite for their families.

“Hats off to all of the players that kept racking up the big scores, not least the two finalists whose match cost us £1,630 alone!”

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World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn, added: “This is a wonderful donation from Betway and every penny that we can raise will make a difference to the lives of the children who receive fantastic care at Bluebell Wood.

“There were a record 104 century breaks during the UK Championship which underlines the incredible standard of play, and of course the 147 in the final from Neil Robertson was a special moment. I’m delighted that the players have helped raise such a significant sum for our charity.”