Supporting “Silence of Suicide”

This was announced yesterday on the “World Seniors Snooker” Facebook page:

Following yesterday’s announcement of the ROKiT Phones World Seniors Championship we are delighted to follow on and announce that we have adopted SOS Silence of Suicide as our Official Charity.
The Charity was founded by Seniors Board Director Yvette Greenway-Mansfield and her husband Michael Mansfield QC. The aim is to raise £14,700 to help provide a permanent phone line where anyone within the snooker family who is suffering from any mental health issue can call and someone will be there to listen.
The Charity currently offers a free, confidential, one to one online chat support service between 1-6pm every day, because of our previous fundraising with the ‘First Poke’ Challenges we are pleased to say that during our World Seniors Championships a standard rate phone line will launch.
This will start on 19th August between the hours of 5pm and 7Pm which will be between the sessions of play.
Around 800,000 people a year are dying by suicide (Source: WHO).
If what we do as a snooker family can prevent one of these deaths, it will stop another family being devastated.
On average if your shot time ever hits 35 seconds during that thinking time someone somewhere in the world has taken their own life. Makes you think.
We want to encourage everyone to speak up and eradicate the shame, stigma and silence that surrounds suicide and mental health in general. Please visit the SOS Silence of Suicide website and read their story, learn what they do and how they do it.
Once our events are able to host an audience we will provide a safe and secure place where anyone suffering with mental health issues can talk to one of the SOS Team. ‘First Poke’ will also continue to contribute to SOS.
We look forward to announcing many more initiatives in the new season with this fantastic charity.
SOS support at Crucible

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The Blue Ball Challenge – helping your Health Services

Ten days ago WPBSA published this:

Snooker Stars Potting for the NHS

3rd April 2020

 

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Leading snooker stars including 2015 world champion Stuart Bingham have taken part in the Blue Ball Snooker Challenge during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to raise money for the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom.

The initiative was the brainchild of World Seniors Snooker Chairman Jason Francis who challenged any players with snooker tables at home to try and pot ten difficult blue balls with people predicting how many they would get and donating to the NHS.

“It started as a bit of fun but its gone viral now with players having a go and raising money for our national health service in the UK,” said Francis. “This week alone we have had Stuart Bingham, Joe Perry and Kyren Wilson take part and our regular Facebook live videos have proved very popular with the snooker community.”

The initial goal was to raise £1,470 for a local NHS trust as a reference to snooker’s maximum 147 break – a target which was soon met within four days. Further targets have since been met for bodies including the London North West NHS Trust and Barts NHS Trust, with a Sheffield-based Trust set to be the next beneficiary in recognition of the city’s status as the home of snooker having hosted the professional World Snooker Championship since 1977.

Overseas players in Ireland have also taken up the challenge with €1,000 having been raised for its Health Service Executive.

“For as long as we remain in isolation, and players want to continue supporting this, we will continue,” added Francis. “It would be incredible if we could top £10,000 by the time we finish.”

For more information and to view the attempts so far visit the ROKit Phones World Seniors Snooker Facebook page.

The first to take the Challenge was our very own Gary Filtness who, remarkably, potted ten blues out of ten!

Since then the challenge has been taken by a lot of players, pros and amateurs, juniors and seniors, male and female, WSS, WDBS, WWS and main tour …

On Easter Day over £7000 had been raised for the NHS.

Also #blueballchallenge shirts have been created, featuring the name of the participating players and their score. Buying them is another way to support the health services. They are also available for kids. You will find more information by following this link ROKit Phones World Seniors Snooker Facebook page.

This is how they look like

Blue Ball Challenge shirt

 

Money raised for WDBS at Jimmy White exhibition in Lincoln

It was a brilliant night in Lincoln as Jimmy White played seven of the best local players, and a lucky raffle winner. The latter didn’t have much time at the table as Jimmy concluded the event with a brilliant century. Jimmy defeated them all…

The evening started with a meet and greet, followed by a delicious buffet.

Dennis Taylor got the action underway with some trickshots and jokes, before things started in earnest under the supervision of Michaela Tabb.

There was an interval after four frames, during which a raffle was organised: great prizes were on offer, including the possibility to play a frame against Jimmy.

Matt Huart, representing World Disability Billiard and Snooker, was presented with two cheques. It’s always a great thing when we can have fun and support a worthy cause at the same time. This was certainly the case here!  

After the interval, action resumed. The evening concluded with a Q&A. Jason Francis, acting as a moderator, passed the audience questions to both Dennis and Jimmy. They spoke about their career, with passion and humour.

Thank you to all involved in organising and making this a great night: Mr and Mrs Coton, Jason Francis, Dennis Taylor, Jimmy White, Michaela Tabb, and, of course, the local players and everyone who attended!

These are the photos…

I also took pictures of the various VIP groups, at the table, and all the players handshakes.

Anyone wanting them, please email JimmyandDennisinLincolnJan2019@aol.com (not case sensitive).  Nigel Coton will contact you. He can supply hi-res pictures  from £10+postage and all profits will go to WDBS.

If you want any of those shown on this page in high res, please contact Nigel Coton, using the email address above and specifying the picture “name”. The latter will appear when you over over the pictures in the gallery below. I will make sure he can supply them to you, at the conditions stated above. Again, all profits will go to WDBS.

Exhibitions time – Jimmy White in Lincoln next January

I believe that exhibitions are just as important for the promotion of snooker as competitive tournament. They offer a more relaxed and fun approach to the sport and are a perfect introduction for a younger audience who, maybe, has not yet the maturity and attention span required for more “serious” snooker.

When exhibitions also support charities, they deserve all the publicity they can get! So in the coming days, I will try to promote events that mix snooker, enjoyment and charity!

The “Legends” are doing a few in the coming weeks and months

Here is the first:

Jimmy and Dennis Lincoln Jan 2019

It is organised by Nigel and Ali Coton, who organised and hosted  similar events with Ronnie O’Sullivan, in May 2017 and February 2018. Nigel is a disabled snooker player himself and he’s very aware that many disabled players aren’t as well off as he is himself, many of them are on benefits, and struggle badly with the costs associated with the events, even if they are kept to a minimum. One of those disabled players – who I won’t name – told me that the WDBS tour had become his family and massively helped him out of social isolation and depression. He’s not the only one in that situation. So, please, come and support these events. And Lincoln is a great place for a city trip as well!