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Betfred Donate £40,000 To Jessie May

Ken Doherty and Dennis Taylor present the cheque to Jessie May

World Championship title sponsor Betfred has donated a massive £40,000 to Jessie May Children’s Hospice at Home, to mark 40 years of snooker at the Crucible.

At the start of the tournament in Sheffield, Betfred pledged £200 for every century made during the 17 day event, to be rounded up to £40,000 if the total hit 80 centuries.

In fact that target of 80 was not reached but Betfred boss Fred Done generously rounded up the total anyway.

He said: “The players may not have hit 80 centuries, but the snooker on the 40th anniversary of the Crucible has been magical and so that’s why I’ve decided to donate the £40,000 to the Jessie May Children’s Hospice at Home. World Snooker’s official charity do an amazing job and are a very worthy cause. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the players and everyone who works on this special tournament. I am a very proud sponsor.”

Lindsey Horton, Corporate Partnerships Officer for Jessie May, added: “This is such a wonderful donation from Betfred and we are thrilled and amazed by their generosity. The money will make a huge difference to the children and families we care for.”

Jessie May Children’s Hospice at Home, based in Bristol, has become World Snooker’s official charity partner for the 2016/17 season. Jessie May provides a hospice at home service for terminally ill children, offering care to families in the Bristol area.