Local businesses have been praised for putting their hands in their pockets to support a charity snooker exhibition.
Tonight sees 1997 World Champion Ken Doherty take to the baize at the 147 Snooker Club, taking on local players all in the aid of charity.
The event is raising money for the Ronald McDonald House in Bristol and the Nepal Earthquake Appeal for Children.
Joining Doherty for the night is another popular figure from the world of snooker John Virgo who will be commentating and showing off some of his best trick shots.
Event organiser Karl Paul paid tribute to the Swindon businesses who have sponsored the event.
“The support that has been shown by local businesses really is fantastic,” said Paul. ” The Ronald McDonald House in Bristol is a cause that is close the hearts of my family and friends and the Nepal Earthquake Appeal is something that needs as much support as possible.
“To be able to do what we can for both of these causes and help make a difference just makes sense. As well as that the night will be fun for all involved.”
Communications and IT Specialists, Excalibur have jumped on board as main sponsor for the event and CEO, James Phipps has even been roped in to taking on Doherty on the night.
Phipps said: “It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to play such a legend of the game, really looking forward to it, should be a great night’s entertainment.
“It’s also for great causes and nice to be involved”.
Paul went on to say: “I’d like to say a big thank you to all involved in the event, especially the sponsors who have been very generous in their giving and assisting us to achieve our objective, supporting these two great causes. It’s great to have Excalibur supporting the event and I’ve had a word with Ken to take it easy on James on the night!
“I’d also like to thank Cherry Designs who as well as making a financial contribution to the event have also prepared all the artwork for us.”
Tickets are still available for the event which begins at 7.30pm and cost just £20. Contact Karl Paul on 07809 503 218 for details.