I have just placed a charity bet on the Grand National at Ladbrokes Trelawny Square, Flint. Ladbrokes have offered all Members of Parliament a free £50 bet on the Grand National, with any winnings going to a local charity of my choice.
The Grand National is the world’s most famous steeplechase and is watched by an estimated 600 million people across 140 countries. It is estimated that around half the adult population in the UK place a bet on the race.
I have placed my charity bet on the 14/1 shot Holywell trained by Jonjo O’Neill and ridden by Richie McLernon. If Holywell wins I will be donating my winnings to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution Flint to help them in their efforts to raise money for a new boat.
It is the 50th anniversary of Flint RNLI, and in May they will be receiving a new £48,000 inshore lifeboat, to be names ‘The Lady Barbara’. David Sadler from Buckley has donated £35,000 toward the cost of the new lifeboat in memory of his wife, Barbara, who died in 2015. The volunteer RNLI team at Flint recently launched a £13,000 appeal to meet the remaining cost of the boat.
Since the lifeboat station opened in 1966, the volunteers at Flint have launched 667 times and saved 97 lives in their area of operation on the river Dee from Chester weir to the Dee estuary at Talacre. In addition, they have been involved with inland flood rescue at Towyn, Kinmel Bay, Mold, Farndon and Ruthin.
Some people study the form in great deal, others pick a set of silks they like. When going through the runners and riders I couldn’t help but notice that there was a horse called Holywell. Being the MP for Delyn it would be wrong to not back such an excellently named horse.
I am very grateful to Ladbrokes for giving me the opportunity to place this charity bet. The RNLI in Flint are currently trying to raise money for a new boat and I can think of no better cause for the winnings to go to.
Half of the adult population in the UK will have a flutter on the National. But I want to remind people to gamble responsibly.