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Palace Treat For Foundation Kids

Pic by John Patrick Fletcher

Pic by John Patrick Fletcher

A group of budding young snooker fans invited by the Paul Hunter Foundation enjoyed a special treat today before the Dafabet Masters semi-finals got underway.

Paul Hunter’s father Alan led the group centre stage and he received the iconic trophy from snooker legend Steve Davis. The trophy has been named the Paul Hunter Trophy for the first time this year in memory of the three-time Masters champion who died in 2006.

The Paul Hunter Foundation celebrated ten years of delivering snooker across the UK in October 2016. The Foundation has had donated and raised over £550,000 in its lifetime.

The money has been used to achieve the foundation’s objectives set out by the Charities commission.

• PHF has delivered 580 live road shows to over 10,000 children

• PHF has operated in over 160 different communities in the UK

• PHF has targeted deprived areas giving away 2750 cased cues.

• PHF has worked in all communities reducing anti–social behaviour.
Police forces have quoted a 63% reduction of first time entrants into the
Criminal justice, saving huge amounts of tax payers money (source: Accrington)

Pic by John Patrick Fletcher

Pic by John Patrick Fletcher

• PHF has relocated and installed 12 full size snooker tables into the
community or schools and repaired over 100 tables.

• PHF has supported budding young snooker players in Germany and Poland, and is actively helping introduce teaching into the school curriculum in Poland.

• PHF has introduced many disabled players to snooker and actively supported their national competitions.

The Foundation would like to thank everyone (far too many to mention) involved over the past ten years for the support, enthusiasm and dedication in undertaking Paul’s wishes that his charity would make a difference to their lives by getting able bodied, disadvantaged and disabled youngsters off the streets of the UK to play snooker. The renaming of the Masters Trophy will ensure that Paul’s legacy and achievements both as a player and through the Foundation will live on.

Here is a poem written by Kevin Flaherty who is the grandfather of two of the children who attend the PHF sessions in Menstone, Ilkley in West Yorkshire

The Master

Three times the supreme master of his game
Forever now, that trophy bears his name
A shining star, bestowed with fragile frame
Dimmed to a flicker, then extinguished flame.

The grass roots of his legacy
Nurtured by our pool of tears
The seeds of growth, his prodigy
Foundation for the future years.

Investing his ambition in the young
His trust became the vision that he’d seen
His values and his image living on
Reflecting all he was – and could have been.

The baton passed on to this generation
Inspired, fired, by his firm Foundation
Triumph snatched and borne out of disaster
A phoenix risen from the ashes of the Master