The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has announced that the ‘Virtual Grand National’ this weekend (Saturday, April 4) raised ‘more than £ 2.6 million’ in donations to NHS charities.
The BGC said the event to replace the flagship meeting of UK racing was like a ‘unbridled success’ and was left pleased with the amount of audience participation that saw a record 4.8 million viewers tune-in to the virtual race broadcast of ITV Racing Saturday afternoon.
The race was won by 18/1 underdog Potters Corner, with all members of the BGC bookmaker endorsing the campaign by pledging retail wagering proceeds to ‘NHS Charities Together’ – the NHS funding arm representing more than 140 organisations linked to healthcare in the UK.
The BGC has also been delighted to announce that the Irish charities and the Red Cross will be sharing profits from bets made in Ireland.
BGC CEO Michael Dugher said: “I am proud that so many BGC members, up and down the country, are supporting in so many different ways the national effort to combat COVID-19, including here by contributing all of their race profits to NHS Charities Together.”
“NHS Charities Together thanked the BGC yesterday but I’d like to thank them for the amazing work that they do in support of the NHS all year round.
“When the nation was in much need of some light relief, millions joined in the fun in honour of one of Britain’s greatest sporting events and helped raise a fantastic amount for our brave heroes in the NHS.
“The country is going through what is little short of a nightmare at the moment, so it was heart-warming to see pictures on social media of so many people enjoying themselves watching the excellent ITV Racing and Carm Productions programme which had such impressive viewing figures.”