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Betfred Donate £25,000 To Bluebell Wood

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Crucible finalist Shaun Murphy hands over the cheque to Bluebell Wood

Betfred are delighted to confirm the donation of £25,000 to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, following the 70th century break of this year’s Betfred World Snooker Championship.

There has been a donation of £200 to the charity each time a 100-plus break has been made in this tournament.

The standard of snooker at the iconic Crucible Theatre has been exceptional so far, and Shaun Murphy’s break of 105 on Friday took the total number of centuries to the target of 70, set at the official launch of the tournament on Tuesday April 14.

It was fitting that Murphy was on hand to present the cheque himself following his semi-final victory over Barry Hawkins.

Mark Pearson, Head of Media at Betfred, said: “I’ve seen first-hand the incredible work that this organisation carries out, so it’s our absolute pleasure to make this donation.

“They have a real positive presence here at the Crucible Theatre and the surrounding Tudor Square, and have become synonymous with the tournament.

“The record number of centuries at the Betfred World Snooker Championship was 83, set in 2009, so we set the bar quite high, but certainly within reach of these top players.

“It’s been a high quality tournament so far, and long may that continue as we head into the final stages.”

The hospice has been the official charity of World Snooker for the last three years, and this donation from Betfred takes the total raised in that period to more than £200,000.