Event Date: 19 Oct 2017 - 19 Oct 2017
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World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn has been announced as the latest patron for South West based charity Jessie May.
After learning about the work of the charity and its nurses when World Snooker partnered with 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 vital funds. He will also support various charity events with the first being An Evening with Steve Davis and Barry Hearn on Thursday 19 October.
Taking place at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol, the event will be hosted by Mark Regan with a Q&A session with Steve Davis & Barry Hearn.
Julian Withers, head of fundraising at Jessie May, said: “We are delighted to welcome Barry on board as a Jessie May patron. Barry has been instrumental in driving our partnership with World Snooker which has been massively 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, which was greatly appreciated.
“I don’t think we realised how big the response to our partnership with World Snooker would be. We raised an amazing £100,000 during the World Championship tournament and gained support from snooker fans all across the UK, which for a small, local charity like us was fantastic. And the support isn’t ending. We’re thrilled to say that 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 at the upcoming event in October. This evening is not just for snooker or sports fans but business people, Jessie May supporters and anyone looking for a good night out!
“Barry is a true entrepreneur and an inspiration having taken the sport of snooker from the back rooms of pubs to the global phenomenon it is today so we’re looking forward to hearing him speak.”
Barry Hearn said: “I am thrilled and honoured to have been asked to become a patron of Jessie May.
“Having met the nurses and seen them in action, I know the difficult job they do is done with such commitment and passion. It amazes me that an organisation like Jessie May is almost totally reliant on voluntary donations – so my first duty as patron is to help them raise awareness and much needed funds so that these incredible nurses can help even more terminally ill children.
“I will be coming to Ashton Gate on the 19th October with my good friend Steve Davis and we will be hosting a dinner which will be filled with anecdotes about our long history together and there will be a chance to ask us questions about our lives in sport. Please join us if you can and help us raise some much needed funds for these extraordinary nurses.”
Jessie May is currently caring for 125 terminally ill children in the South West and a further 47 bereaved families.
Tickets for the Evening with Steve Davis and Barry Hearn are £60 each or £500 for a table of 10. For more information visit
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Address: Ashton Gate Stadium Ashton Road Bristol BS3 2EJ