The UK gambling sector charity Gamble Aware has revealed its list of contributors for the last year, with the £1.46 million donated by GVC Group topping the list.
In total, there were donations from 956 organisations, most of which operated in the gambling sector. These amounted to a total of £10.1 million, which was just in excess of the charity’s aim of £10 million following their failure to hit that amount last year.
Ladbrokes Coral owner GVC was one of only three operators who gave a seven-figure sum, with Flutter Entertainment, which owns Paddy Power Betfair William Hill giving £1 million each.
GambleAware asks all businesses who profit from gambling in the UK to donate at least 0.1% of gross gambling yield, or if their gross gambling yield is less than £250,000, then to donate at least £250. The charity also received £1.4 m through three regulatory settlements agreed by operators and the Gambling Commission during the year.
The largest of these payments was from Gamesys, which paid £690,000 after it was found to have failed to prevent gambling harm while also breaching rules on UK money laundering. LeoVegas, meanwhile, paid a fee of £600,000 in 2018 for violations related to false advertising. Playtech also paid a penalty of £155,000. In a statement, the industry group the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) said it was delighted to see its members contributing funds to support healthier gambling:
“We are pleased that our members have stepped up their funding of GambleAware along with a range of other charities to increase the help and support available to those at risk.”
The BGC added that it would step up its commitment research, education and treatment towards safer gambling in the future. Their statement said that their largest members had gone further and committed an additional £100 million towards education research and treatment