LOYAL Steve Carver is on course to raise £5,000 for his best friend’s children.
The bumper total to set to reached from the marathon pool session around the Bognor Regis area he staged in memory of Andrew Hardy.
Steve played at least five players from 15 pubs in the Bognor Pool League in just over 12 hours. He followed his pool game like no other last Saturday with a musical afternoon at the Pier Hotel the next day.
All the proceeds will be put towards the future of Mr Hardy’s two children – Charlie Hardy, 16, and Ellie Hardy, 14, who were left on their own by his death. Steve said: “The pool marathon was an incredible event and absolutely amazing. It was mentally, physically and emotionally draining but it was all for a good cause. I started off looking for £500 and it’s just wonderful to end up with so much.
“I played 97 racks of pool instead of the 75 I expected and I was also able to take on other players at £2 a game.” Steve started at the Southdowns pub in Felpham at 10.15am and ended at Jacks in the town centre at 11.45pm.
Sunday’s event added to the fun. “People were just coming along and having jamming sessions,” said taxi driver Steve. “There were also some stocks where people paid to get egged.
“There was a nice community spirit generated by everybody.” To add to the occasion, committed Arsenal fan Steve wore a Spurs shirt in homage to Andrew. Security guard Andrew passed away in August aged 46. He and Steve had been friends for years and had become closer after Andrew’s wife died six years ago.
“When I took Andy to hospital three weeks before he died, he was concerned about his health and I told him I would always look out for his children.
“Unfortunately, the rest is history as far as Andy is concerned but I will always stick to my word for his children.”
Steve’s intention was to raise money to send Charlie and Ellie on holiday. But his success will see the money put in a trust fund for their futures. It could be spent on equipment for their careers or used to help them to buy cars.