Barry Hearn aims to raise £100,000 for Saint Francis Hospice
PUBLISHED: 15:00 28 June 2015
Sports promoter Barry Hearn is aiming to raise £100,000 for Saint Francis Hospice with help from businesses.
The hospice’s business alliance group met for the first time at the Pepperell Education Centre, in Havering-atte-Bower, where they got to know one another while supporting the charity.
Barry Hearn, chairman of Matchroom Sport, led the event and spoke of his own connection with Saint Francis Hospice, which cared for his mother-in-law.
He said: “I was so impressed with the care she received while she was here.
“Sometimes it is nice to see a charity where you can see where your efforts go – something close to home which affects all of us adds a bit of realism.”
The father-of-two, who turned snooker into a multi-million pound sport, began his career after purchasing Romford Snooker Club in the 1970s.
He went on to manage Steve Davis who has won 28 ranking titles.
He has also owned a share in Leyton Orient Football Club and even dabbled in boxing but now he has set his sights on helping Saint Francis Hospice.
Mr Hearn has set businesses the challenge of organising their events in the next six months in a bid to combine all of the money raised to make a significant donation to the hospice.
Barry said: “I need people who are going to do one thing on their own, to come up with an idea that is going to raise some money for the hospice.
“I want a team of networking people and to see if we can give £100,000, or something that can make a real difference to the hospice by the end of the year.”
Businesses including Star Struck Autographs, Engleman Wills and Power of Attorney in Romford and Positive Change Consultancy in Ilford, were all invited to contribute ideas of how to raise money.
Mary-Anne Donovan, project manager at Saint Francis Hospice, said: “I am really delighted with the turnout and the response from people wanting to get involved with the group.
“As a charity, we are extremely fortunate to have the support of so many local business people, including that of course of Barry Hearn.”
For more details on how to get involved call 01708 771 433