Tuesday 17th April 2012
World champion snooker player Shaun Murphy is to become a patron of Royal Manchester Children's Hospital (RMCH) Charity.
Shaun, who lives near the city, decided to get involved after hearing of the its work and has now visited the hospital, chatting to patients, their parents and staff.
In his new role, Shaun will help to raise awareness of RMCH Charity and support its fundraising efforts.
Shaun, who is preparing for the World Championship, which starts in Sheffield on April 21, said: "I am very honoured to be a patron for Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity.
"I recently visited the hospital and, although, of course, there are some very poorly children such a lot of thought and hard work goes in that there is a very positive atmosphere around the place.
"What's really clear is that the children there receive the very best of care in every sense. Royal Manchester Children's Hospital really is making a difference.
"I live on the outskirts of Manchester and couldn't think of a better local charity to support than RMCH Charity."
In the upcoming World Championship, Shaun will give a £100 donation to RMCH Charity for every century break he makes.
Maurice Watkins, chairman of RMCH Charity, said: "We are delighted that Shaun has pledged his support and I'm sure he will be a fantastic patron for our charity.
"We are excited to be working with Shaun as we continue to fundraise to ensure that our patients receive the very best treatment in the very best facilities."