22nd March 2014 was the day that the Bolton Snooker League lost a truly dedicated snooker legend.
Les Openshaw suffered a cardiac arrest during a snooker match but was brought back to life by a defibrillator which was installed in the club the previous week. Unfortunately a week later Les peacefully passed away at Royal Bolton Hospital surrounded by his family.
Les's family and friends at the snooker club proudly supported the work we do at Bolton ICD Support Group with our #defibs4bolton campaign. We raise funds to to buy Automated External Defibrillators (AED's) primarily for local schools and sports clubs in Bolton. To improve survival rates of in patients who a suffer cardiac arrest outside of hospital.
An event that was held last year by the Railway Club Snooker Team in memory of Les was a 24 Hour Snooker Marathon. Four snooker players from the club Michael Holland, Kieran Ashworth, Craig Dare and Carl Glover took on the gruelling challenged and played non-stop snooker and raising over £2,000.
On 6th June 2015 5 snooker clubs in Bolton; the Railway Club, Bolton Snooker, Fanworth Snooker, Farnworth & Kearsley and Church Ward will be playing snooker for 24 hours non-stop in a bid to raise funds for defibrillators for snooker clubs in Bolton. There will be over 30 players playing simultaneously at clubs around Bolton.