GambleAware, the UK’s gambling charity, has revealed that operators donated a combined £4.5m in the first three quarters of the 2020-21 financial year.
The list of donors was led by Flutter Entertainment, which committed £874,000 to the charity in the nine months up to December 31. It was followed by bet365, which donated £763,000 and William Hill (£540,000). William Hill has pledged to donate £1m for the full 2020-21 financial year.
The charity also received £450,000 from Gamesys, £134,000 from Betway and £50,000 from 888 Holdings. The entertainment arcade operator Praesepe Holdings donated £28,000 and has pledged £85,500.
Petfre Gibraltar, BetFred’s igaming subsidiary, made separate donations of £40,364, £35,057 and £26,783. Casumo made two separate donations (£27,446 and £16,170) and Blueprint made four donations from its subsidiaries (£23,000, £19,000, £18,000 and £1,500).
GambleAware also received funds from regulatory settlements between operators and the Gambling Commission, including £3m from William Hill as a result of its agreement following harm prevention and money laundering failures at Mr Green.
Settlements with the regulator also led the charity to receive £5.8m from Betway due to its breaches of social responsibility and money laundering regulations for high-spending customers.