Bookmakers set to donate over £2.6 million in profit to NHS Charities Together


The UK’s betting operators are delighted with the level of public engagement in the ‘virtual’ Grand National yesterday (Saturday 4th April) which saw Potters Corner, an 18/1 shot, claim victory in the race and securing a triumphant win for NHS Charities Together.


Almost a third of all TV viewers tuned in on Saturday afternoon to watch Potters Corner win the Virtual Grand National on ITV. The show peaked with 4.8million viewers, 30 per cent of the overall TV audience.


Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), the new standards body for betting and gaming, were delighted to announce today that over £2.6 million in profits (after winnings and duties are paid) has been raised for NHS Charities Together, the umbrella organisation which represents over 140 NHS charities. BGC hope that many of the lucky punters who won will also consider donating some of their winnings to charity.


BGC were also delighted to announce that profits from bets placed in Ireland will be donated to Irish charities including the Irish Red Cross.


The fundraising initiative was backed by Betting and Gaming Council members and other bookmakers including bet365, Ladbrokes Coral, Paddy Power Betfair, Sky Bet, William Hill, Inspired Entertainment, BetFred, Betway, BetVictor, JenningsBet, 32 Red, Corbett Bookmakers, Genting Bet, Fitzdares, Two Up Digital, Tote, Virginbet, Toals Bet, Quinn Bet, Gowager, Mjsports, BlackType, Bruce Betting, Bet600, Goldchip, Dafabet, Geoff Banks, Boylesports.


BGC Chief Executive Michael Dugher said: “We are overwhelmed with the public support for the virtual Grand National and the support shown for NHS Charities Together. When the nation was in much need of some light relief, millions joined in the fun in honour of one of Britain’s greatest sporting events and helped raise a fantastic amount for our brave heroes in the NHS. The country is going through what is little short of a nightmare at the moment, so it was heartwarming to see pictures on social media of so many people enjoying themselves watching the excellent ITV Racing and Carm Productions programme which had such impressive viewing figures.


“I am proud that so many BGC members, up and down the country, are supporting in so many different ways the national effort to combat COVID-19, including here by contributing all of their race profits to NHS Charities Together.  NHS Charities Together thanked the BGC yesterday but I’d like to thank them for the amazing work that they do in support of the NHS all year round.


”I’m sorry we couldn’t have the real Grand National to find out if Potters Corner would have won or whether it would have been an historic three in a row for Tiger Roll, but at this time of need the nation used the day to come together and back our NHS.


“It’s also fantastic that the Jockey Club will be donating 10,000 tickets to the NHS and social care sector in Merseyside for the first day of the 2021 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree”.


BGC launched a 10 pledge action plan in response to the COVID-19 crisis which includes a commitment by members to support the Government’s ‘National Effort’ by encouraging staff to volunteer for community service, as well as offering premises where possible for use by those supporting the effort to tackle the Coronavirus.