Snooker star Mark Selby is potty about Blubell Wood Children’s Hospice - he took a break from the Dafabet World Championship to visit and praise the facility.
The green baize ace, who is playing Alan McManus in the quarter-finals today at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, put smiles on the faces of youngsters.
He happily signed autographs and chatted to children and staff at South Yorkshire’s only children’s hospice.
Bluebell Wood is the official charity of World Snooker for the second year running, and is proud of its association with such a prestigious event.
Selby said: “It was a privilege to come to Bluebell Wood and meet the children and staff who all do such a fantastic job. I’d encourage everyone to support such a fantastic charity.”
Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice offers care and support to children with a shortened life expectancy. It give families the gift of time with their children to laugh, love and create unforgettable memories.
Julie Hampson, corporate fundraiser at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in Sheffield, said: “We were very excited that Mark came to visit and the children were very pleased to meet him.
“It’s a really busy time for Mark, so we really appreciate him coming to see us. I’d like to say a big thank you for all the support we receive from the players throughout the tournament and to World Snooker.”
Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice offers care and support to children and young people with a shortened life expectancy, both in their own homes and at the hospice in North Anston.
There are only 43 children’s hospices in the country so Bluebell Wood cares for over 170 children from across South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire, North Nottinghamshire and parts of North Lincolnshire.
It costs over £3 million a year to provide the vital service to families in the region, and itreceives less than five per cent statutory funding.
The highly specialist care team look after children with a vast range of complex medical needs and supports families, offering respite care, day care provision, community support, crisis intervention and end of life treatment and care.