Gambling Companies Donate over £10m to GambleAware

While a lot of criticism is aimed at gambling companies, they have been making plenty of donations to GambleAware. The first six months of this year saw the gambling awareness charity receive £10.6 million in donations.

Bet365, Entain, William Hill and Flutter have said they will give a total of at least £100 million to the charity before the end of 2023. GambleAware had asked betting operators who offer their services to British customers to provide a minimum of 0.1% of their yearly grossly yield. Those gambling companies with an annual revenue less than £250,000 can donate a figure at least £250.

The donations will help GambleAware to help those who have developed gambling problems. Their services and programmes include: The National Gambling Treatment Service, Bet Regret, and the Gambling Education Hub.

Bet365 came top of the donations list contributing nearly 40% of the amount given. They donated £4.21 million in the first six month of the fiscal year. That’s a figure considerably higher than the same period last year when the donation made by them was £2.27 million.

Entain made the next highest donation with £2 million given to GambleAware. All of that was given in the first quarter of the year. The third highest donators were William Hill, who gave just over £1 million.

Others to donate included Playtech, Videoslots, Zecure Gaming, One Click, Unibet, STS Bet and White Hat Gaming. They all made donations of at least £22,500 with Unibet giving £92,000 and Playtech just short of £52,000.

Virgin Bet and Star Racing also made donations with the latter giving two separate donations that totalled just over £46,000, while Virgin Bet’s two donations were for just over £34,700. Not every donation was for a large amount. For example, Atkinson’s Amusements gave £10 and Reel Time Gaming Enterprises PTY Limited £7. Well, every penny counts.

The amount donated is over half of what donated in the last fiscal year. That was a total of £19 million. It is a reflection of the way in which the gambling industry has bounced back after the problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic last year.

That saw bookmakers who had bricks and mortar shops seeing them closed for long periods. They are open again now and the higher donations given so far reflect this.

The GambleAware site states that the amounts they wish to see donated may increase in the future. This would happen because of a “better understanding of appropriate treatment provision, and of what an effective education and prevention programme looks like.”