GambleAware contributions increase by 80% in 2020
British charity GambleAware has unveiled an impressive 80% increase in donations throughout 2019-2020, up to £19 million, when the gambling harm charity acquired huge donations from Entain and Flutter Entertainment.
Aside from these two, William Hill and Bet365 also both pledged to contribute approximately £100 million for the enhancement and support of treatment services for those affected by problem gambling and gambling-related harm by the end of 2023.
Flutter is now the biggest operator in the United Kingdom, as well as being number one with the money it has donated, which has been upwards of £9 million, an 800% boost from 2019-2020. And even though Flutter has surpassed Entain in this category, the latter has still increased its donations by over 200% up to £4.3 million. Moreover, William Hill contributed £1 million, with Bet365 donating £763,000.
Zoë Osmond, chief executive of GambleAware, explained that the operators’ dedication to donating and lending a helping hand has hugely benefited the charity. She went on to say:
“This growth in donations is the largest year-on-year growth we’ve seen, driven largely as a result of the commitment by the ‘Big Four’. This will enable us to continue and expand our work to ensure evidence-informed services are developed according to need within a robust and accountable system.”
The biggest donation ever received from a supplier was the £50,000 donation given by Playtech. In total, the charity has obtained contributions from 700+ businesses, who have each donated more than £250, since that is the minimum amount.
Osmond further stated:
“We will shortly be releasing our commissioning strategy which will detail how we plan to use this increased funding to help keep people safe from gambling harms. It is estimated that two million adults in Great Britain are experiencing some level of gambling harm, and research published this year indicated that more than one in three people with a gambling disorder have not accessed any support or treatment. With these donations, we will continue to fund and improve the National Gambling Treatment Service to provide support for those who need it, while working in partnership with many other organisations to increase awareness of support available.”