Steve Brine visited his local CORAL shop in Stoney Lane, Weeke today to place a £50 charity bet on the 2023 Grand National, with any winnings going to a charity of his choice.
And even if their horse doesn’t come in, BGC members will be making a donation to their nominated charity, ensuring charities don’t miss out.
The Betting and Gaming Council, the standards body for the regulated UK betting and gaming industry, invited MPs to visit either a Paddy Power, William Hill, Ladbrokes, Coral, Betfred or independent betting shop in their constituency to place their charity bet ahead of the world’s greatest steeplechase.
The Grand National is the most popular horse race in the world and this year takes place on Saturday 15th April. It is watched by an around 600 million people across 140 countries, and it is estimated over 13m adults in the UK will be placing a bet on it.
Betting shops support 42,000 jobs on the UK’s hard-pressed high streets, contribute £800 million a year in tax to the Treasury and another £60m in business rates to local councils.
Meanwhile, a study by ESA Retail found that 89 per cent of betting shop customers combine their trip to the bookies with visits to other local businesses.
Steve Brine said; "The Grand National is one of those great sporting moments when the whole nation comes together. I was delighted to visit my local betting shop in Weeke to meet the staff and customers, take Coral up on their generous offer of a charity bet and also discuss the incredibly important work they have been doing on safer gambling.
“Betting shops employ tens of thousands on hard-pressed high streets and support our local economy through business rates contributions. And for regulars, they provide a community. I was delighted to visit and hear more about their place in our area and the busiest day of their year tomorrow!”
Pictured; Steve with the team from Carol, Stoney Lane in Weeke.
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