World Snooker Championship sponsor Betfred has donated £25,000 to Jessie May Children’s Hospice at Home following a bonanza of century breaks during the tournament.

At the start of the 17-day event, Betfred pledged to donate £100 for every century made, with the total to be rounded up to £25,000 if 80 centuries were made. That target has been smashed, with 100 tons made during the tournament for the first time ever.

The cheque was handed to Jessie May Children’s Hospice at Home today, presented by former Crucible king Dennis Taylor.
Judd Trump, who is an ambassador for Jessie May, has made the most centuries during the tournament, with 14, including seven in the final against John Higgins.

Betfred boss Fred Done said: “We are absolutely delighted to make this donation of £25,000 to a fantastic cause. It has been a fabulous Betfred World Championship and the standard of play has been truly incredible, I am amazed that 100 centuries have been made. Congratulations to the players and I’m sure this donation will make a huge difference to the families cared for by Jessie May.”

Jessie May Children’s Hospice at Home, based in Bristol, is World Snooker’s official charity partner. Jessie May provides a hospice at home service for terminally ill children, offering care to families in the Bristol area. For more information about Jessie May visit www.jessiemay.org.uk