Charity poker event attracts TV soap stars

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ST CATHERINE’S Hospice collected a healthy pot from a charity poker tournament.

Stars from ITV’s Emmerdale joined regulars at the ECasino in Newborough to raise money for the hospice.

Manager Andrew Hickman said: “It went really well. I think everyone had a fun night.

“Our sales manager had been up at the hospice having a chat with their staff and a member of our staff is friends with a cast member from Emmerdale.

“It all just fell into place.”

Kelvin Fletcher, who plays Andy Sugden, and James Hooton, who plays Sam Dingle, gave up their time for the hospice and participated in the event.

Each participant paid £2 to enter the tournament with the cash going directly to the hospice.

They then put in a £20 stake each and played under normal Texas Hold ‘Em rules.

Other fundraising events including a raffle also took place.

Mr Hickman added that the final total raised for the hospice had not yet been calculated.

Dave Phillips, the ECasino’s business development manager, said: “It’s a really nice way to raise money for the hospice.

“We wanted to support a local charity and the hospice is close to the hearts of many people in the town.

“I was absolutely blown away when I went up there and was shown around. The fact that they have to raise £4.5 million every year just to keep going is amazing.”