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Former world snooker champion Steve Davis becomes patron of Saint Francis Hospice

PUBLISHED: 10:15 22 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:15 22 November 2018

Saint Francis Hospice's major partnerships manager Mary Ann Donovan, six-times world snooker champion Steve Davis and the charity's chief executive Pam Court.

Saint Francis Hospice's major partnerships manager Mary Ann Donovan, six-times world snooker champion Steve Davis and the charity's chief executive Pam Court.

Saint Francis Hospice

Six-time world snooker champion Steve Davis has become a patron of Saint Francis Hospice.

Steve, one of Britain’s best loved sportsmen, has been involved with the Havering-atte-Bower charity for years, attending and supporting fundraising events held by fellow patron, former manager and personal friend Barry Hearn.

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

“The hospice was there for my family when we needed it and since then I have visited the hospice and spoken with patients who have been able to cope with their illnesses because of the amazing care and support they’ve received,” said Steve.

“They receive 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.”

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.

Steve will be teaming up with sponsors Matchroom Sport and major supporter Gerry Byrne, franchise owner of McDonalds Romford, to host the 2nd Annual Steve Davis Family and Friends Golf Day on Sunday, May 12.

Chief executive of the charity Pam Court said: “I’m delighted that Steve Davis had agreed to become one of its patrons.

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

Visit sfh.org.uk/steve-davis-golf-day

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