Snooker star Shaun Murphy visits Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
World Championship winning snooker player Shaun
Murphy recently delighted young patients at Royal Manchester
Children's Hospital with a surprise visit.
'The Magician', as he is known among snooker fans, visited
to present a cheque for £3,000, a sum Shaun has raised by donating
£100 every time he made a break of 100 or more in a competitive
match since last year's World Championship.
His visit raised a smile with the youngsters who came to meet
him as Shaun, along with the Charity's mascot Humphrey Bear, took
turns to challenge the young patients to a game of pool.
Shaun, 30, is a long-time supporter of Royal Manchester
Children's Hospital, first becoming involved with the charity as a
result of on-going treatment for his second cousin Maisie.
As well as the large donation, Shaun, who is based in Worsley,
Greater Manchester, is also putting in the miles on behalf of the
charity, taking part in this year's Great Manchester Run. The 10km
race around the streets of Manchester will take place on Saturday
26th May, with Shaun appropriately taking running number 147, the
highest possible break in snooker.
Toni Leden, Acting Head of Charities, commented: "We were
delighted by Shaun's visit today and by his wonderful ongoing
support of the charity. For someone with such a demanding schedule
to give us so much of their time really is testament to Shaun's
generosity and we wish him every success in the forthcoming World
Currently ranked fourth in the world, Shaun is now
preparing for this year's World Snooker Championships, which begin
in Sheffield this Saturday. He said: "The Royal Manchester
Children's Hospital is vital to so many people's lives and the
fundraising job that the charity does is outstanding and inspiring.
It was great to visit the Hospital again to meet some of the
children who are receiving treatment - and also the fantastic
"The '100 pounds for 100 breaks' is something I'm really
committed to and I'll be doing my best for it at the Crucible and
next season. My aim is to beat the 3,000 pounds we've raised over
the last 12 months."
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity is raising money to
ensure continued excellence in treatment, care and research at the
hospital - improving the lives of thousands of children each year
across the North West and beyond.
The support of the Charity means that the hospital can provide
additional resources that make life easier for patients and their
families who use the hospital.
The charity has three main areas of work:
- to support research projects to improve our understanding of
- to help to create an environment that's more
- to provide state-of-the-art equipment for diagnosis and
For more information about Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
Charity please visit www.rmchcharity.org.uk