Betting and Gaming Council members have donated £1.25 million to Prostate Cancer UK, Marie Curie, the three Armed Forces charities and Care Radio from the Britannia Stakes’ profits
The Betting and Gaming Council have thanked punters for their support of the Britannia Stakes, which was run on Ascot Gold Cup Day, Thursday 17th June. Betting and Gaming Council members Flutter (Paddy Power, Betfair, Sky Bet), bet365, Entain (Ladbrokes, Coral), William Hill, Kindred (Unibet), BetVictor, Betway, Rank Group (Grosvenor Sport), the Tote and Fitzdares all signed up to the fundraising initiative.
The six charities will receive a share of £1.25 million after 18/1 shot Perotto, ridden by Oisin Murphy, won the Britannia Stakes. This donation tops the £250,000 given out following the first Britannia Stakes charity fundraiser last year.
Michael Dugher, chief executive of the Betting and Gaming Council said: “I am absolutely thrilled by the amount raised by this fantastic initiative at Royal Ascot.
“This money will make a huge difference to the incredible work done by the charities involved. I’d like to thank all the BGC members who took part – as well as their customers who enjoyed a flutter on the race – for their generosity in supporting some really great causes.”
The charities were unanimous with their gratitude. Nicola Tallett, Prostate Cancer UK’s Director of Fundraising and Supporter Engagement said: “I would like to thank everyone at the Betting and Gaming Council and their betting operator members for their support for a second year – and this terrific donation to Prostate Cancer UK.
“Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men the UK, with around 400,000 men living with the disease and it’s fitting that this falls on the week of Father’s Day, which is a key date on our calendar. We want to celebrate and remember dads, the selfless, funny, brilliant things they do that make them great – the care, the jokes, the dancing – the things we miss when they are lost too soon.
“Royal Ascot is an iconic occasion on the sporting calendar, and money raised by this fantastic initiative will go towards lifesaving research into treatments and better tests to stop the disease being a killer and allow men and their loved ones to access our support service.”