Pool shark aims to hit £10,000 target
Phil makes it three challenges in a row for hospice
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