Snooker star and Conservative Club combine to raise charity cash

Shaun Murphy, centre, at Harrogate Conservative Club with his opponents on the night, Giles Bebhood,  Bobby Ledger, Tom Harris, Tom Middleton, Dave McKay, Mick Pearson, Stu Jaunsey and Mark McAvoy. Picture: Adrian Murray
Shaun Murphy, centre, at Harrogate Conservative Club with his opponents on the night, Giles Bebhood, Bobby Ledger, Tom Harris, Tom Middleton, Dave McKay, Mick Pearson, Stu Jaunsey and Mark McAvoy. Picture: Adrian Murray
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Former world champion Shaun Murphy was in attendance to help Harrogate Conservative Club’s snooker team raise £2,500 at their annual presentation evening.

The event was held in memory of Steve Prest, who was the Conservative Club’s professional player, with funds generated on the night donated to Murphy’s chosen charity, the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Winner of the 2005 World Snooker Championship, Murphy was said to have “enjoyed” the opportunity to pit himself against a host of local players.

Mark Livsey, treasurer at the club, added: “A great night was had by all, while nobody managed to beat Shaun at snooker or billiards.

“He played the local champions and knock-out competition winners from our districts league, plus a few guests, all of whom enjoyed the challenge.

“Shaun was on a maximum break in one frame but missed with two reds left, and we were also treated to a number of century breaks.

“We have now forwarded a cheque to Shaun made out for the final total £2,500 for his charity, the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

“At the start of the evening we estimated that we would make £2000, but we managed to beat that.”

Murphy is no stranger to Harrogate, nor the Conservative Club, having attended a previous charity event back in 2005, shortly after winning his world title.

He was trained by Harrogate’s Steve Prest and said at the time: “Harrogate has played a big role in my snooker career and will always be a special place for me.”