The UK gambling Charity, GambleAware, has published its donation figures for the first three quarters of the 2020-21 financial year.
GambleAware, the UK’s gambling charity, has revealed that it received £4.5m in donations during the first three quarters of the 2020-21 fiscal year.
This comes after GambleAware announced the launch of the next phase of its campaign to promote the National Gambling Treatment Service.
The online gambling giant Flutter Entertainment donated £874,000 to the charity in the nine months to 31 December 2020, placing the operator at the top of the list of GamebleAware’s donors.
Bet365 was second on the list after donating £763,000, followed by William Hill with £540,000. William Hill has pledged to donate a total of £1m to the charity by the end of the fiscal year, more than any other operator.
Gamesys donated £450,000 during the three quarters while Betway donated £134,000 to the charity. The online gambling operator 888 Holdings donated £50,000 to the charity.
Praesepe Holdings was another standout donor with the arcade operator donating £28,000 after pledging £85,000 to the charity. BetFred’s parent company, Petfre Gibraltar, made three separate donations of £40,364, £35,057 and £26,783 to the charity.
Casumo also made two separate donations of £27,446 and £16,170 while Blueprint Gaming made four donations of £23,000, £19,000, £18,000 and £1,500 across its subsidiaries.
Other funds received by GambleAware
GambleAware also revealed the funds it received from regulatory settlements agreed between the Gambling Commission and gambling businesses.
William Hill provided the charity with £3m as a result of its settlement with the Gambling Commission regarding money laundering failings and harm prevention under the Mr Green brand.
Betway gave £5.8m to the charity following the Commission’s ruling against Betway in March 2020. The operator agreed to pay a total settlement of £11.6m after it was found to have violated money laundering and social responsibility rules.
GambleAware also revealed it secured donations from other sources which include unclaimed winnings and operators who paid money for dormant accounts. As a result of this, the charity received £95,328 from LeoVegas and £10,000 A&S Leisure Group.
Support for Safer Gambling Campaign
GambleAware also revealed the amount of support it has received for its Bet Regret Safer Gambling Campaign. According to the charity, it received £3.9m in donations from operators in 2020 and £1.1m from broadcasters.
The charity’s Safer Gambling Campaign launched as a two-year initiative and was intended to run throughout 2019-20 and 2020-21 with the intention of raising public awareness of the risks that come with gambling.
Flutter once again made the highest donation out of all operators, putting £643,847 towards the campaign. Entain, formerly GVC Holdings, donated £683,847, Bet365 donated £580,898, Stars Group donated £565,000, William Hill donated £410,000, Gamesys donated £312,508 and Camelot provided £246,063 to the charity.
BetVictor also donated £149,971, followed by Kindred Group with £98,927, LeoVegas with £57,768, Betsson with £57,033 and Rank Group with £45,000.
When it comes to broadcasters, Sky donated £629,479, ITV donated £247,350, Facebook gave the charity £180,329, Twitter donated £15,932 and YouTube gave GambleAware £15,000.