World number one Mark Selby meets children and staff at Bluebell Wood
UK Championship title sponsor Betway will be making a donation to World Snooker’s official charity Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice at the end of this year’s tournament, based on century breaks made.
The event at the York Barbican runs from November 24 to December 6, with 128 players including Stuart Bingham, Mark Selby, Neil Robertson, Judd Trump, Shaun Murphy and John Higgins competing for the famous Triple Crown title and a top prize of £150,000.
Betway’s donation to Bluebell Wood will be £10 for every point scored over 100, for example a 132 break would be a £320 donation. If the break is exactly 100 they will donate £10, while a magical maximum 147 would gain a £1000 bonus so would be £1,470.
World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “This is a fantastic and extremely generous donation from Betway and is sure to raise a significant and vital amount of money for Bluebell Wood.
“It’s an innovative idea as it means that every player will be striving to clear the table and score as many points as possible even when he gets past 100.
“This is going to be a sensational tournament, the Barbican will be packed and so many players are in form. The fans are in for 12 days of phenomenal snooker action.”
Betway’s Alan Alger said: “Bluebell Wood is a very worthy cause and we wanted to give the players the opportunity to make every century break count off the table as well as on it. Hopefully one of them will have us paying out the £1470.”
Bluebell Wood, in North Anston near Sheffield, offers care and support to children with a shortened life expectancy, both in their own homes and at the hospice. It provides support to children and their families throughout South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire, North East Lincolnshire and North Nottinghamshire.
For more information see www.bluebellwood.org