Poker Players Rally to Raise Funds for Jade's St. Clare's Hospice

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Ronnie O'Sullivan, Roy Brindley, Tony Cascarino, and Colin Lloyd among the stars taking to the felt in charity poker tournament at Harlow Stadium on March 18.

In a week when a report has shown donations to England's hospices has declined sharply in recent months, Harlow Stadium and professional poker player Roy "the Boy" Brindley have announced a charity night to raise funds for the nearby St Clare's Hospice which recently cared for the terminally ill reality TV star Jade Goody.

On March 18 at 7:30 p.m. card-sharp Brindley and an estimated 100 players will ante-up a £55 entry fee for a team poker tournament with all profits going to the hospice.

Snooker legend Ronnie O'Sullivan is set to captain a team as is former World No. 1 darts player Colin "Jaws" Lloyd and soccer star Tony Cascarino. Wayne Mardle may also chance his arm on the green felt and will certainly play in another fundraising event on the night, a 150-player fundraising darts tournament.

Marketing and PR director at Harlow Stadium, Mick Davis, said, "We will be cramming in as many people into our 'Harlow Hounds Social Club' on the night for the poker and darts event as possible.

"Outside on the terraces there will be greyhound racing as usual, with free entry for this special night, where we hope to raise another good sum through donations and a raffle for which we have had some brilliant prize donations.

"Roy will be signing copies of his recently released autobiography, 'Life's a Gamble' with proceeds again going to St Clare's Hospice. Our thanks go to him for his efforts likewise restaurant chain Miller & Carter who will be laying on a buffet free of charge.

"St Clare's is such a worthy local cause and with such high-profile guests lending their support we would hope to raise a five-figure sum on the night."

For further information contact:
Michael Davis, Harlow Stadium:     
+44 (0) 1279 426804
John Print, Sports Talent Agency (Roy Brindley & Colin Lloyd):
+44 (0)20 87670067
+44 (0)7967 552424
Aislinn Casey, Publicity Manager Transworld Publishers
+44 (0) 20 8231 6712


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