Barry Hearn, Chairman of Brentwood-based Matchroom Sport, is to present Haven House Children’s Hospice with a cheque for over £120,000 this Thursday (11th October) at 11.00am.
The money has been raised through the hospice’s year-long partnership (2011 – 2012) with World Snooker, which is one of Mr. Hearn’s business interests. Funds were raised in a number of ways from player ‘fines’ to bucket collections and donations from snooker sponsors, including £25,000 from Betfred.
Mike Palfreman, Chief Executive of the Woodford Green hospice explains; ‘This really is an amazing sum and we are so grateful to Barry and all the team at World Snooker for making this happen.’ He continues;
‘This is a great example of how the local business community really helps to support our work with life-limited children and their families in the local area.’
Mr Hearn added; ‘Haven House is very special to me as it does so much to help seriously ill children and families in my area. I’m so pleased that World Snooker was able to raise such a fabulous sum, I know that the hospice will put the funds to excellent use.’
This doesn’t mark the end of Barry’s relationship with the hospice, as his support will continue through the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC). Barry is Chairman of the PDC, which will be supporting Haven House over the coming year as a charity partner.