Snooker’s Betway UK Championship gets underway today in York and title sponsor Betway will be making a donation to World Snooker’s official charity Jessie May Children’s Hospice At Home.
Betway will donate £10 for each century break as well as £10 for each point over 100 within the break, for example a 132 break would be a £330 donation. The tournament sponsor will also donate a bonus of £1000 for each maximum break achieved during the fortnight.
The event at the York Barbican runs from November 22 to December 4, with 128 players including Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Selby, Judd Trump, Shaun Murphy, John Higgins and defending champion Neil Robertson competing for the famous Triple Crown title.
Last year, charity Bluebell Wood received £18,610 after a bumper haul of 104 century breaks, including a 147 from eventual winner Neil Robertson which triggered a further £1000 bonus.
World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are thrilled to see Betway once again making this incredible donation to our official charity. Jessie May is a wonderful cause and every penny donated goes towards the great work they do for children and families in the Bristol area. It’s down to the players now to make centuries and hopefully beat last year’s total.”
Betway’s Alan Alger said: “We were delighted to be donating the money to Bluebell Wood – a remarkable organisation that works hard to provide the best possible care for children with life limiting conditions and much needed respite for their families.
“Hats off to all of the players that kept racking up the big scores, not least the two finalists whose match cost us £1,630 alone! This year we hope for the same for Jessie May.”
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.