Sheffield snooker event to pot charity cash for terminally ill dad

Darren Crossley with his wife Selena and two young daughters, Payton and Scarlett
Darren Crossley with his wife Selena and two young daughters, Payton and Scarlett
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A champion snooker player is set to take on a 24-hour sporting challenge to raise cash for his terminally ill friend.

When Rob Skidmore, who plays at the Cue Ball club in Chapeltown, Sheffield, heard that fellow snooker fan Darren Crossley had been diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour, he was determined to show his support.

Rob Skidmore

Rob Skidmore

Now Rob will be staging a 24-hour snooker marathon to raise funds for Darren, aged 36, and the family he will leave behind – wife Selena and daughters Payton and Scarlett, aged nine and six.

“I used to practise snooker with Darren when I lived in the West Midlands and have known him 18 years,” said Rob, 30, who lives in Wombwell, Barnsley.

He added: “Darren had already beaten cancer twice and has now been told that he has cancer for the third time and that he only has months left to live.

“I felt helpless living away from him so wanted to do the snooker marathon to show my support.

“The majority of money raised will go towards helping Darren and his family through this tough time, while the remainder will be donated to Cancer Research.”

The snooker marathon will take place from 1pm on Saturday, January 24 at Cue Ball.

Fans of the sport are invited to play against Rob, current Marshall Cup Champion in the Sheffield Snooker League, in return for a small donation towards the cause.

n Donations can also be made by at www.gofundme.com/24hoursnooker