Yesterday was the first day of the Cheltenham Festival, and as is always the case there was a mixed bag of results from the racecourse, but punters did have a very good reason to place their bets in one of the thousands of Fred Done shops.
That was due to the owner of that huge independent company pledging to give all profits from his BetFred betting shops to a children’s hospital.
Sadly, last year Fred lost his beloved wife Mo to a brain tumour, and having heard of the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital appeal for an intra-operative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (iMRI) device, and having been born and bred in Manchester, he decided to act.
Whilst there were no guarantees that his 1600+ betting shops would make a profit yesterday, especially being such an important day in the racing calendar, he also put in a guarantee that he will donate at the very least £100,000 to the appeal.
He also stated that if HM Government’s took the view that they are happy to donate the betting tax and betting levy from any profits his betting shop did earn yesterday, he would throw that into the pot too and give it to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital appeal too!
The appeal is aiming to raise £4million in total, and anybody out there that does fancy making a donation, small or large should check out the rmchcharity.org.uk website for details on how they can make a donation, and also for an overview of some upcoming events all of which are being held to raise money for the appeal.