Betfred are delighted to donate £25,000 to the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in Sheffield.

Before the start of the Betfred World Snooker Championship the bookmaker pledged £200 for every century scored, but if 70 centuries were reached they would round it up to £25,000.

In the end there were a recording breaking 86 centuries at the Crucible

The standard of snooker was exceptional, and Shaun Murphy’s break of 105 took the total number of centuries to the target of 70.

It was fitting that Murphy was on hand to present the cheque himself following his semi-final victory over Barry Hawkins.

Mark Pearson, Head of Media at Betfred, said: “I’ve seen first-hand the incredible work that this organisation carries out, so it’s our absolute pleasure to make this donation.

“They have a real positive presence here at the Crucible Theatre and the surrounding Tudor Square, and have become synonymous with the tournament.

“I thought we had set a high target for the players but I am delighted they have smashed it so we can make this donation.”

The hospice has been the official charity of World Snooker for the last three years, and this donation from Betfred takes the total raised in that period to more than £200,000.

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice cares for and supports children and young adults with a range of complex medical needs.

Based in Sheffield, their essential services are utilised by over 200 children, young people and their families from South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire, North Nottinghamshire and parts of North Lincolnshire.

For more information, visit www.bluebellwood.org

Betfred donate £25k