Snooker stars Barry Hawkins and Mark Davis took time off from the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield to visit sick children in a hospice.
They met youngsters at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston – which is the official charity of World Snooker this year.
So far £50,000 has been raised for the hospice with more events planned, including an evening with World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn and former champion Steve Davis at the Mercure St Paul’s Hotel, Sheffield.
Mark Davis, who beat four-time champion John Higgins at the Crucible earlier in the week, said: “It was a great experience to meet some of the children at Bluebell Wood and see the incredible work that is done at the hospice.
“These hospices need money to care for the children and I hope people will do whatever they can to help. World Snooker has got a lot going on at the Crucible to help out including bucket collections and a memorabilia auction so the message to everyone is dig deep.”
Mark ran a half marathon last year to raise money for a similar facility in Sussex.
Barry Hawkins, who faces world number one Mark Selby in the second round, added: “It was a real eye opener to visit Bluebell Wood.
“Snooker is just a game and we shouldn’t take it too seriously, and when you’ve got healthy kids of your own, it makes you realise how lucky you are. I just hope we can raise as much money as possible and help where we can.”
Claire Rintoul, chief executive of Bluebell Wood, said: “It was fabulous for some of our children to meet Barry and Mark – they were all thrilled to see them and had such a great time.
“We’ve been so honoured to receive the support of World Snooker. The money they’ve raised so far is incredible and visits like this are the icing on the cake.”
Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice offers care and support to children and young people with a shortened life expectancy.
It is one of 43 children’s hospices in the country and cares for youngsters from South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire, North Nottinghamshire and parts of North Lincolnshire.
n Visit www.bluebellwood.org/world-snooker for more information about the fundraising night with Barry Hearn and Steve Davis on November 21.