Betfred donates £1.25m to charity

Bookie hands over huge donation to hospital


During the Cheltenham Festival 2019, bookmaker Betfred stepped up with a huge donation of £1.25m to the charity fund for the Royal Manchester Hospital. That generous donation from the operator saw the Hospital’s target of £4m reach above the halfway point.

Betfred owner Fred Done used the profits from the first day of the Cheltenham Festival 2019 to put towards the charity. The profits were from any over-the-counter bets. With the busy day of racing plus action from the Man City v Schalke Champions League match, the full donation that was handed over to the appeal from Betfred was £1.25m.

The fundraising campaign is for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (iMRI) equipment which will be used for children who have debilitating and life-threatening conditions such as epilepsy, brain tumours and brain trauma.

Betfred boss Fred Done said: “It is truly humbling that I have been able to help with this appeal for much-needed equipment. I think Mo had a word with God telling him to give some help to the children. There could not have been a better result for the scanner appeal than the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday.

“From my own sad experience, I know how important it is to have world-class equipment available to help save the lives of your loved ones. The new scanner will save the lives of seriously ill children brought to Manchester from all over the country and that is a fitting tribute to Mo’s memory. I feel privileged that I have been able to help.”

Kathy Cowell OBE DL, Chairman of Manchester Foundation Trust, said: “We’re incredibly grateful to Fred Done for his commitment to our cause. This staggering donation will make a huge difference to this life saving and life changing Appeal taking us to the halfway stage of the money we so desperately need. We cannot thank Fred enough for his support.”

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