Patron Barry to bring Steve Davis to the table

Snooker stars are uniting to pot more funds for a West Country charity.

World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn has been announced as the latest patron for Jessie May.

After learning about the work of the charity and its nurses when World Snooker partnered Jessie May for the 2016/2017 snooker season, Barry decided to take the relationship further and become an official patron.

Jessie May, a hospice-at-home charity which cares for terminally ill children in Bristol, Bath, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, needs to raise around £1,400,000 every year to continue supporting children and their families.

As a patron Barry will help raise awareness for the cause as well as funds. He will also support various events, the first being ‘An Evening with Steve Davis and Barry Hearn’ on Thursday, October 19.

Taking place at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol, the event will be hosted by Mark Regan with a Q&A session with Steve and Barry.

Julian Withers, head of fund-raising at Jessie May, said: “We are delighted to welcome Barry. He has been instrumental in driving our partnership with World Snooker which has been beneficial for us in the past year, both in terms of awareness and funds.

“Barry also took the time to visit nurses and families and find out more about Jessie May’s work.

“We raised an amazing £100,000 during the World Championship tournament which, for a small, local charity like us, was fantastic. And we’re thrilled to say we have been named World Snooker’s charity of the year for the 2017/18 season too.

“We’re very much looking forward to Barry’s first appearance as our patron in October. The evening is not just for snooker or sports fans but business people, Jessie May sup- porters and anyone looking for a good night out!”

Jessie May is currently caring for 125 terminally ill children in the South West and a further 47 bereaved families.
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