The World Snooker & Jessie May Partnership
We were delighted to announce earlier this year that Jessie May would be partnering with World Snooker for the 2016/17 season. The international tournaments started in June in Latvia, and you’ll start to see Jessie May at arenas in England and Wales from October at the English Open in Manchester.
World Snooker will be raising funds for Jessie May:
- through generous tournament sponsorships
- at the annual World Snooker Awards in May 2017
- and any fines the players accumulate throughout the season will be donated to us.
Barry Hearn, World Snooker Chairman said: “We are delighted to be able to raise money for Jessie May during the new season and to be able to help support them in their work to provide children with life-limiting conditions the best possible care.
“Jessie May makes a huge difference to children in this region and I urge everyone to learn more about the work that they do.”
The Bristol Connection
If you’re particularly eagle-eyed, you may have noticed that the address for World Snooker’s head office is ‘Whiteladies Road, Bristol’. That’s one of the few clues as to the shared history between Jessie May and World Snooker.
Since the creation of the WPBSA (the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association) in 1968, World Snooker have headed up their operation from Bristol. Jessie May’s Headquarters are also in Bristol; from our humble beginnings working out of a small office in Southmead Hospital we moved to Mary Carpenter House in Kingswood, then to our current offices in Kingswood.
Over the past 20 years Jessie May has expanded operations, to the point where we now help children in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset, and most recently Swindon and Wiltshire.
Impressive Breaks for Essential Ones
Jessie May Nurses provide nursing care to terminally ill or life-limited children in their own home. These respite sessions allow the child’s parents to take some time for themselves, knowing their child is receiving the very best care while they’re gone.
The sessions usually last around three hours. During that time the child’s parents can spend time with their other children, go shopping, or just take some time to relax. All of the Jessie May Nurses are fully trained, meaning they can take care of any medical needs the child has and administer any medication. For the rest of the visit the time is entirely child-led. The nurse might sing or read or play with them, or if they want to cuddle and rest, that’s always fine with us.
Funding a nurse for a year costs around £30,000. Jessie May is a charity and we fund our team of nurses by generous donations from our sponsors, partners, and communities.
A message from World Snooker Chairman, Barry Hearn
Judd Trump – Jessie May Ambassador
We were delighted to announce earlier this year that Judd Trump, who is from Keynsham near Bristol, had become an ambassador for Jessie May. You can read more about this here.