Sky Bet Donation Powers Children's Heart Surgery Fund

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British-based gambling company Sky Betting & Gaming (Sky Bet) has donated over £250,000 to fund support at the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund.

The operator organized an Annual Charity Gala in Leeds on Wednesday night that had hundreds of staff and guests in attendance.

Sky Bet and Flutter UKI's Heartfelt Contribution

The evening featured several fundraising activities led by ITV Racing's Oli Bell and Ed Chamberlin, including a silent auction, raffle prizes, sponsorship packages, and a Mascot Race.

Flutter Entertainment, the parent company of Sky Bet, concluded the evening by contributing £120,000 toward financing an advanced echo software package for the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit.

This software offers an in-depth analysis of a patient’s heart and can potentially free up doctors' and clinicians' time so that they can focus on other important duties.

One of Yorkshire’s leading charities, the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund is a nonprofit organization that offers vital and life-changing assistance to children diagnosed with congenital heart disease.

The Leeds Congenital Heart Unit, along with its network of 19 regional clinics, supports over 17,000 patients annually, spanning all age groups. CHSF stands alongside them, offering medical equipment, parental accommodations, and unwavering family support throughout their journey.

This life-changing contribution from Sky Betting & Gaming and Flutter UKI will make an incredible difference to local patients with congenital heart disease and their families. Donations help give patients and families the best possible experience at the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit and cardiac clinics around our region and we cannot thank the Sky Bet employees and everyone who contributed at the ball enough.

Andy McNallyCHSF Head of Marketing

Seven Years of Charity Funding

Sky Bet’s charitable efforts are primarily sponsored by its staff. At the beginning of the year, the company’s employees voted to support CHSF and have been actively engaging in various fundraising activities and challenges ever since to raise funds for the charity, which operates without government funding.

Sky Bet started organizing its charity events seven years ago. Since then, it has amassed nearly £800,000 in contributions to local and national charities. Some of its beneficiaries include Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Macmillan Cancer, Teenage Cancer Trust, and Support Dogs.

The Charity Gala is always one of our proudest moments, and none more so this year, given the incredible effort by our colleagues in raising money for this exceptional cause. On the night, Heidi Watson, CEO of the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, spoke about how much of a difference a new Echo Software Package would make not only to the doctors but, more importantly, the patients, so we were delighted to help.

Steve BirchChief Commercial Officer at Sky Betting & Gaming