Charity pots new champion patron

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One of Britain’s best loved sportsmen Steve Davis is to become a patron of Saint Francis Hospice.

The six-time World Snooker Champion has been involved with the Hospice for many years, attending and supporting fundraising events held by fellow patron, former boxer and friend Barry Hearn.

Steve, who retired from professional snooker in 2016, also has a personal connection with the charity as his father was cared for by Hospice at Home team before he passed away.

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“The Hospice was there for my family when we needed it.

“Since then I have visited the Hospice many times and spoken with patients who have been able to cope with their illnesses because of the amazing care and support they’ve received from the wonderful staff,” said Steve.

“The Hospice receives such little support from the government so it’s all hands on deck to help them raise the funds they need to provide its services and I am in the fortunate position of having time on my hands.”

“I am very proud to help and be involved with this charity. Not only do I want to help them raise funds but also raise their profile also.”

Pam Court, CEO of the charity in Havering-atte-Bower said she was delighted that Steve Davis had agreed to become one of its patrons.

“Steve is a national champion sportsman and celebrity who has a big heart.

“We are lucky that he understands the challenges we face to raise almost £8m every year to fund our specialist end of life care services.

“We are grateful he will be giving up his time to help us raise the profile of the Hospice and inspiring more people to get involved and support us.”

In 2017 he appeared on ITV’s The Chase and donated £38,000 to the Hospice and this year Steve and Barry Hearn raised more than £42,000 through hosting golf days.

The Essex born sporting legend will be teaming up with Barry Hearn’s successful sports business, Matchroom Sport who is sponsoring the upcoming golf day.

Major local supporter Gerry Byrne, who is the franchise owner of McDonalds Romford will be hosting the 2nd Annual Steve Davis Family and Friends Golf Day on Sunday the 12th May 2019.

The Two Ball Texas Scramble Tournament is being held at Stock Brook Golf and Country Club on Sunday May 12 2019 and is open to all. The day includes breakfast roll on arrival, 18 holes of golf, refreshments and a 3 course evening meal and auction.

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