Pool stars pocket cash for charity

Thomas McTashney with the fundraisers at the Hemsworth Pub
Thomas McTashney with the fundraisers at the Hemsworth Pub

A GROUP of pool players pocketed cash for a children’s charity with a marathon match.

A team of 14 regulars at the The Hemsworth public house played for a staggering 24 hours – all in aid of the special care baby unit at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield.

They raised a staggering £2,000 after playing from 9pm on Friday, October 26, to 9pm the following day but had plenty of support to keep them going.

Licensee of the Highfield Road pub, and organiser, Thomas McTasney said it was a lot of fun for a great cause.

He said: “Everyone did a really good job and I want to thank everyone for their support.”

This was the first of the pub’s events to raise cash for the charity – they will also be holding a 24-hour darts’ game, charity nights, football games and a car boot sale over the next 12 months.

And in 2013 they are aiming to break into the Guinness Book of World Records for how many racks of balls can be potted in 24 hours.

The pub is hoping to raise around £10,000 in total.

Mr McTasney said: “It’s for such a great cause and it seems that not a lot of people fundraise for it.

“I also think it’s one charity that people have a lot of time and enthusiasm for.

“It brings the community together.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/TheHemsworthPub to make a donation.