Pool players hope to pocket hundreds for EACH during a 24-hour marathon in Milton

Kind-hearted pool players are on cue to pot hundreds of pounds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

A 24-hour fundraising marathon is taking place at Milton 8 Ball, in Cambridge Road, Milton, from midday on Saturday (4th December).

Matches and quirky competitions will be held on each of the club’s four tables until the shootout comes to an end at the same time on Sunday.

In the process, players hope to club together and chalk up hundreds of pounds for EACH, which has three hospices – including one in Milton.

Players from the local league and football team are in the frame to get involved and there will be no rest for organiser Rob Wilcox, who is playing for all 24 hours.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” said the 52-year-old.

“EACH is a local charity for us, with a hospice right here in the village.

“In addition, a friend of mine had a little boy who spent the last few weeks of his life being cared for by the amazing staff at Milton.

“It’s an incredible charity and we’ll do anything we can to help, at the same time putting on a fun event that will bring our little community together at the end of what’s been a tough year for everyone.”

Rob is planning to play for 24 hours before finishing in a baize of glory while another table will be dedicated to ‘speed pool’.

This involves potting all the balls as quickly as possible. Players pay to play and the winner will pocket half the proceeds, with the rest going to EACH.

Table three will be for ‘killer pool’, which is where an item like an ashtray is placed in the middle of the table after a break-off. Players have to attempt a pot with every shot and if they miss – or hit the ashtray – they have to stump up 50p.

The fourth table will be reserved for longer competitions, with club owner Paul Denman – who is donating 10% of bar takings to EACH – taking on son Jack over 15 frames. Players can bet on the outcome and all punts will go into the EACH kitty.

“Hopefully as many people as possible pop down and support us,” added Rob, who lives in nearby Chesterton.

“I must stress that people don’t have to stay for all 24 hours. Even if they pop down for half an hour and a quick drink, it’ll be great to see them.

“I was involved in something like this before and we managed to raise £500. Hopefully we can beat that this time.

“I’m looking forward to playing all night. I’ve done it a couple of times before, for fundraisers, and didn’t feel too tired.

“I’ll keep going – powered by adrenaline and energy drinks!”


Notes to Editors

“To need to use a children’s hospice is every parent’s worst nightmare, however, when you get there it’s the most beautiful place imaginable. It’s a lifeline to parents going through the worst possible journey and enables families to find the support that they need.”

  • We care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, and support their families.
  • We offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies – at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), The Nook (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich).
  • Our family-centred approach includes specialist nursing care, symptom management support, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies and counselling, all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.
  • We are recognised as leaders in our field, with a reputation for excellence and commitment to pioneering development and innovation.
  • We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and this year need to raise £5.5 million from fundraising and £5.4 million in income from our shops. The year before the pandemic we received just 16% of our total income from statutory sources.
  • EACH Royal Patron – Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds, visit www.each.org.uk or call our Cambridgeshire fundraisers on 01223 204916.

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For further information about this release please contact:

Matt Plummer | Media and PR Manager | 07738 328058 | Matt.Plummer@each.org.uk

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