To mark King Charles’ Coronation, leading bookmakers have pledged to donate all profits from the feature handicap Britannia Stakes race at this year’s Royal Ascot to some top UK charities.
Phil Walker, Managing Director UK & IRE of 888 William Hill, said:
"We are delighted to once again be part of the Betting and Gaming Council’s Britannia Stakes pledge. We will be donating 100% of our profits from the race at Ascot on Thursday to several UK charities. The profits will be split between SportsAid, the Holocaust Educational Trust, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, SAS Regimental Association (SASRA), Ascot Racecourse Supports and Together for Looked After Children.”
Other bookmakers taking part in this year’s fundraising campaign include Flutter, bet365, Entain, Kindred and Betway to name a few. Profits made from win and each-way bets on the heritage handicap will be shared amongst the nominated charities.
Since the start of this fundraising initiative in 2019, Betting and Gaming Council members have raised over £5 million for a number of charitable organisations, including Prostate Cancer UK, Sue Ryder, NHS Charities Together and the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity, ABF the Soldier’s Charity and the RAF Benevolent Fund.
Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of the BGC, said:
"I am once again delighted that the BGC’s largest members are helping celebrate the King’s Coronation by raising vital funds at the Royal Meeting for some of the country’s top charities."
"It is also a fitting tribute to the Late Queen Elizabeth II whose passion for horse racing was renowned, having bred multiple successful horses and clocking up 1,800 winners in her time."
"Tens of millions of people up and down the country enjoy a flutter each month and I’m proud that betting companies will once more donate their profits from one of Royal Ascot’s top races, the Britannia Stakes, to go towards some great charities. I am once again indebted to everyone at Ascot for their continued support."