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Matchroom Sport founder Barry Hearn becomes patron of Saint Francis Hospice

PUBLISHED: 12:08 16 May 2016 | UPDATED: 09:06 17 May 2016

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Sports promoter Barry Hearn says it is an "honour" to become a patron of Saint Francis Hospice.

The founder of Matchroom Sport and former manager of six-time snooker champion Steve Davis has shown his support for the charity which provides care for people with life-limiting illnesses, after his mother-in-law was cared for by the charity in 2005.

He said: “It is an honour to become a patron of Saint Francis Hospice.

“I am a strong believer that charity begins at home and what better way is there, than to support a charity where you can really see the difference your support makes to local people in the community.”

Barry, who promotes British IBF Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, has raised more than £300,000 for the charity and is responsible for the development of the hospice’s Business Alliance Group which gives local businesses the chance to network while fundraising.

The Brentwood-based businessman has helped attract supporters to the charity and works closely with the fundraising team to promote exclusive events including golf days at Thorndon Park Golf and Country Club and Abridge Golf and Country Club as well as the clay pigeon shoot days at Down Hall Country House in Hertfordshire.

He also donated a drinks trolley, better known as the “mobile bar” to raise the spirits of patients on the Inpatient Ward.

Pam Court, chief executive of the hospice, said: “We are delighted that Barry has taken our cause to his heart and look forward to working with him to support local people with end of life care needs.”

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