I visited my local Ladbrokes shop in Flint to place a £50 charity bet on last weekend’s Grand National.
The Grand National is the world’s most famous steeplechase and is watched by an estimated 600million people across 140 countries. It is estimated that around half the entire UK adult population place a bet on the race.
The Grand National is one of those great sporting moments in the sporting calendar. I was delighted to visit my local Ladbrokes in Flint to meet staff and customers.
I was very happy to take the generous offer of a free £50 bet which I placed on Pleasant Company. The charity I had chosen for the donation was the Flint branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Sadly, Pleasant Company wasn’t successful on this run.
It is important that people remember that the occasional flutter at the bookies is all well and good but if you have ever had bet regret you should consider contacting the National Gambling helpline on freephone 080 8020 133 or visit www.begambleaware.org for help and advice on how to gamble responsibly.
I have taken up the opportunity given by William Hill in Flint to place a charity bet. This bet has been provided by William Hill to show support for their campaign ‘Football Shirt Friday’. They are running this campaign in partnership with the Bobby Moore Fund for Bowel Cancer Research.
I was given a £50 charity bet on a market of his choice and he chose to put it on the Liverpool v. West Bromwich Albion game. The winnings will go to a local charity of my choice.
For the third year running, William Hill are sponsoring and taking part in Football Shirt Friday 2017 in partnership with the Bobby Moore Fund, as part of our Close to HOME community commitment, which looks to support the areas where we are based as a company.
For a £2 donation, William Hill colleagues and customers will be wearing their shirt on Football Shirt Friday itself, 27th April. Alongside promoting bowel cancer awareness information in all their shops over the last two campaigns, William Hill as a company have contributed just over £144,000 in sponsorship and fundraising to the Fund in that time and this year are funding a project to increase participation in a nationwide bowel cancer screening programme.
I am very grateful to William Hill for giving me this opportunity to place a charity bet and to help raise awareness of the fantastic Bobby Moore Fund for Bowel Cancer Research. I have long campaigned in Parliament to raise awareness of bowel cancer and this is another great way that businesses and people can come together to raise money for a fantastic cause.
In April alone 188 people in Wales will be diagnosed with bowel cancer and 77 people will die of the disease. It’s the nation’s second biggest cancer killer and that is why we need to redouble our efforts to tackle it. I hope that people will take part in Football Shirt Day on the 27 April 2018 to raise money to improve our understanding of this terrible disease.
I’m sure Liverpool won’t let me down this weekend against West Brom and I look forward to giving the winnings to a local charity.