News Tuesday 19th May 2015
SNOOKER world champion Stuart Bingham put his new-found fame to use by doubling the number of people on a charity walk.
The star took the World Snooker Championship trophy with him for the ten-mile motor neurone disease charity walk from Leigh train station, to Shoebury on Sunday, as well as an army of fans.
After becoming the oldest first-time winner of the championships at the Sheffield Crucible two weeks ago, the 38-year-old said he was still getting used to his newfound fame, but was determined to put it to good use.
Mr Bingham, from Vange, said: “Last March we lost my father-in-law to the disease and did the walk last year, so it’s great to be able to support such a good cause again this year.
“They had about 119 registrations to begin with, but once they started using my name, they got about 100 more and that’s great. Anything I can do to help, I will.
“I’d tweeted anyone who wanted a photo with me and the trophy should donate a fiver to the fund. I’m just a normal person, but all of a sudden I’ve got a few powers, which I’m learning to use for good causes.”