Member of Parliament for Bishop Auckland Dehenna Davison visited William Hill on Spennymoor High Street recently to place a charity bet on this Saturday's Grand National. Having worked at a bookies in her younger years, the MP has skin in the game and was keen to help her chosen charity, Wetheriggs Animal Rescue. Davison has visited their centre in Barnard Castle to champion its work, and her team kindly offered to volunteer there during the lockdown.
Sponsored by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC)-, the standards body for the regulated UK betting and gaming industry- Dehenna hedged her £50 complimentary bet on Longhouse Poet at 16/1, The BGC have also very kindly promised to make a £250 donation to Wetheriggs regardless of the result.
Dehenna said: "The Grand National is a hallmark of the annual British calendar, and the stakes could not be higher this year. Wetheriggs Animal Rescue do an incredible job in Barnard Castle, caring for saved animals and raising others. It would be fantastic if Longhouse Poet could take the crown, but I am really grateful to the Betting and Gaming Council for pledging a £250 donation in any case."
Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of the Betting and Gaming Council, added: "I would like to thank Dehenna Davison for taking the time to visit William Hill and take part in the BGC’s charity bet on the Grand National."
“The Grand National is the nation’s punt, one of the few times a year, millions of people from every different backgrounds come together for a flutter and for the first time in three years, bookies will be open and taking customer’s bets.
“We’re delighted Dehenna has visited her local bookies to hear about how our members are boosting local economies, and hear about their vital work promoting safer play. On behalf of the Betting and Gaming Council, we wish her the best of luck.”