UK operators GVC Holdings, William Hill and bet365 have donated a combined amount of over £3.3m to GambleAware in 2018/19, according to the latest donations list released by the charity. However, donations fell short of the £10.0m voluntary funding target
GambleAware published its list of donations for the twelve months ending 31 March 2019. GVC Holdings, the umbrella group for Ladbrokes and Coral, donated over £1.46m during the year, while fellow UK operators William Hill and bet365 made donations of £1m and £868,000 respectively.
At present, GambleAware works with the National Health Service (NHS) and various other organisations such as Citizens Advice to help direct people with gambling problems to the right intervention.
“At a time when GambleAware has moved to be completely independent of the gambling industry, it is encouraging that fundraising has reached a record £9.6 million in the last 12 months. This is still below the minimum of £10 million we had asked for but with the help of £7.3 million in regulatory settlements we are well placed to deliver our strategic priorities,” said Marc Etches, CEO of GambleAware.
He also added that: “Meeting our existing commitments will require a minimum of £10 million in the next 12 months but the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms will require a significant step-up in funding from April 2020.”Follow us on