BGC and MPs Raise Funds for Charity through Grand National Betting

The Betting and Gaming Council in the UK successfully raised more than £15,000 for charity as part of its yearly Grand National charity betting program.

Horse riders from the Grand National adding another strong year for charity.

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Each year, the organization invites MPs to place charity wagers on the Grand National horserace and all winnings from the bets are donated to charities selected by the MPs.

MPs Back the Winner

The Grand National was won by 7/1 favorite I Am Maximus, ridden by jockey Paul Townend, trained by Willie Mullins, and owned by JP McManus. A number of MPs had backed the horse including Cristian Wakeford MP, Maria Caulfield MP, Justin Tomlinson MP, and Peter Aldous MP.

More than 50 MPs participated in the charity betting including Sir Alok Sharma, Dame Caroline Noakes and Scotland Minister John Lamont.

In the case of MPs who failed to win their bets, their chosen charities will still receive a donation. A number of BGC’s members, such as Betfred, Paddy Power, Coral, Ladbrokes and William Hill, have together promised to donate £250 to each charity.

The total of donations and winning bets is £15,115, an increase on last year’s total of £13,500.

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Grand National Betting Part of the Nation’s Culture

The Grand National, which has been taking place at Aintree Racecourse since 1839, is one of the most famous horse races in the world. It takes place over four miles and 514 yards and the horse Red Rum holds the record for the most wins having won it in 1973, 1974, and 1977.

The chief executive of the BGC, Michael Dugher, said that 600 million people across the world watched this year’s race and, in the UK, about 12 million people, roughly a third of all adults, placed a bet on it demonstrating that “having a flutter is part of our great British culture.”

I would like to thank all those MPs who took part for supporting so many fantastic good causes and for taking the time to visit constituents working in betting shops. We had more MPs than ever before, from right across the political divide, ministers and shadow ministers, supporting the BGC and supporting the Grand National.

Michael DugherBGC Chief Executive


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