Ronnie O’Sullivan’s mum completes trek for Woodford Green hospice

16:00 30 July 2011

Maria O

Maria O'Sullivan


The mother of snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan has raised £6,000 for charity after completing “one of the toughest challenges of her life”.

Maria O’Sullivan, of Manor Road, Chigwell walked for 13 days covering a distance of 192 miles which saw her make her way up mountains and along cliff tops.

She was joined by friend Mary Wilson for the trek from West Cumbria to North Yorkshire and she dedicated her efforts to former snooker world number four Paul Hunter, who died in 2006 after a battle with cancer.

The money will be split between Haven House House Children’s Hospice in High Road, Woodford Green and St Francis Hospice in Havering-atte-Bower where Paul spent his final days.

Mrs O’Sullivan said: “It was one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to do in my life.

“It was climbing mountains and walking near sheer drops which was an amazing experience but very hard especially as I’m not great with heights.”

During one ascent, Mrs O’Sullivan, who walked in a group of 12 led by a guide, said she experienced all four seasons in a day.

“We started off and the weather was quite nice but as we got higher the temperature completely dropped,” she explained.

“It started snowing and the near the top there were hail stones the size of golf balls, it was unbelievable.”

Her favourite parts of the trip were the views and the scenery which she described as breathtaking.

She found it tough being away from her family but was spurred on by words of encouragement from son Ronnie.

“We spoke on the phone and he inspired me to carry on marching up mountains,” she said.

“He had a look online at what I was doing and he told me he was very proud.”

She added: “I’d like to thank everybody from the bottom of my heart who supported me and made donations.”

Mrs O’Sullivan is already thinking about her next charity event and is considering taking part in next year’s London to Paris bike ride.

For more information visit

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
2 3 4 5 6

Latest London news

Friday, November 27, 2015
Thousands will march for ambitious action on the climate crisis by governments internationally (Picture: PeoplesMarch)

The People’s March for Climate, Justice and Jobs will pass through central London on Sunday November 29 with more than 7,000 people from all around the UK. Here is a guide to the march - why it’s happening, where to go and what will be going on.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...


MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!

Read more

You are never far from an Argos, wherever in the country you may be. They are like a magical cavern where whatever you need they seem to have it out the back behind the counter. So why not put them to the test with this great MyOffers competition to win £1000 to spend in-store.

Read more

Latest Tech News