SNOOKER star John Higgins handed over £30,000 to the Dalziel Centre day hospice in Motherwell this week.
The 35-year-old player and his wife Denise won the money in the all-star version of ITV1’s ‘Mr & Mrs’ quiz show earlier this year.
And the ‘Wishaw Wizard’ revealed that he was inspired to support the hospice due to their care for his sick father.
Higgins made the donation only a month after being cleared of match-fixing allegations.
The snooker star is a patron of the Dalziel Centre, a day hospice for patients, carers and families in Lanarkshire who are affected by cancer.
He said: “My dad, also John, has used the centre during his illness and really appreciated everything they did for him so I became involved through that.
“He’s not doing so well just now but he’s still battling and hopefully we’ll get him fighting fit again.
“I can’t speak highly enough of the staff or the volunteers who give up their own time to help people who are going through what is a terrible illness. They are worth their weight in gold.”
He added: “We had decided before the show that any money we received we’d donate to the centre.
“I’m just glad I could do something to help them and glad that by winning we were able to give over a good sum.”
Carol Murphy, nursing sister at the centre, said: “This was an absolutely brilliant gesture by John and Denise. It’s the biggest single donation ever made to the centre.