Pool shark aims to hit £10,000 tar­get

Phil makes it three chal­lenges in a row for hospice

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - David Camp­bell

A pool hot­shot is hop­ing to pocket thou­sands of pounds for a muchloved hospice as he takes on a gru­elling 24- hour chal­lenge.

Big­hearted Phil Steven, 53, aims to sink 7,000 balls in just one day – 1,000 more than last year’s tar­get – to raise cash for St Vin­cent’s Hospice, in How­wood.

The pool shark is no stranger to the green felt as he takes on the en­durance test for the third year in a row, with each at­tempt get­ting tougher.

Phil, who lives in How­wood, told us: “Af­ter the over­whelm­ing gen­eros­ity of ev­ery­one last year, we man­aged to raise an in­cred­i­ble £ 5,186 which, cou­pled with the £2,500 we raised the year be­fore, gives a to­tal so far of £7,686.

“This year I’m hop­ing to raise £2,314, so that over the three years we’ll have given the hospice a mind-blow­ing £10,000.”

The event will take place at Mid­town Bowl­ing Club in the vil­lage, start­ing at mid­night on De­cem­ber 14.

Arnold Clark worker Phil says this year’s ef­fort is per­sonal.

“Last year, some­one asked me if I had any par­tic­u­lar rea­son for do­ing this for the hospice and,at that time, I said I was lucky enough never to have had need of St Vin­cent’s’ ser­vices.

“Sadly this year, my good friend Kenny Moore’s mum Grace spent her fi­nal days in the hospice and Kenny and his fam­ily can’t praise the care given their mum highly enough.

“So this has made me even more de­ter­mined to get through the £10,000 bar­rier.

“I know money’s tight for ev­ery­one, es­pe­cially at this time of year, but St Vin­cent’s re­lies heav­ily on do­na­tions, so any amount you can pledge to my JustGiv­ing page would be fan­tas­tic.”

The hospice team pro­vides spe­cial­ist pal­lia­tive care for peo­ple through­out Ren­frew­shire and is open to all who have been di­ag­nosed with a life- lim­it­ing ill­ness.

A hospice spokesman said: “For the third year in a row, our fan­tas­tic sup­porter Phil Steven is putting on his Pool­ball Chal­lenge.

“He’s - aim­ing to beat his record by pot­ting 7,000 pool balls in just 24 hours to raise money in sup­port of our hospice. This is an as­ton­ish­ing feat.”

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Tremen­dous feat Phil hopes to sink 7,000 balls in a day

Putting in the prac­tice Phil Steven lines up a shot

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