Snooker stars visit South Yorkshire to support charity

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn holds a press conference during the Betfair World Championships at the Crucible, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 29, 2013. See PA story SNOOKER World. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn holds a press conference during the Betfair World Championships at the Crucible, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 29, 2013. See PA story SNOOKER World. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

A host of snooker stars are set to visit South Yorkshire next month – and when they do, they’ll be supporting the region’s only children’s hospice.

World Snooker’s European Tour event, running at Doncaster Dome from August 15 to 17, has been named the Bluebell Wood Open, in recognition of the sports organisation’s official charity.

Bluebell Wood children's hospice

Bluebell Wood children's hospice

As well as the action on the baize, fundraising activities will be taking place during the three-day tournament to help the hospice.

World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn said: “Given the proximity of Doncaster to Sheffield, we felt it would be appropriate to name this tournament after Bluebell Wood. Hopefully this will help generate awareness and much-needed funds for the hospice.

“We’re delighted to bring top class snooker to Doncaster and we look forward to seeing many of the top stars competing to be the first Bluebell Wood Open champion.”

Claire Rintoul, chief executive of the hospice, added: “We were delighted to learn that this event is going to be named after us.

“We rely hugely on local support, so the more people that know about us the better.

“Many of the children we look after come from Doncaster and the surrounding areas, so this event feels very close to home.”

The line-up for the tournament will be announced shortly.

Tickets for the tournament are on sale now and cost £5 per day.

n Visit The Dome or call 01302 370 777 to buy tickets.