The charity Gamble Aware have published their donations for the past year, revealing that they received just over £10m for the year ending 31st March 2020. Gamble Aware is a charity with an agreed framework with the UK Gambling Commission, of which it is independent, to provide a National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms.
The donations received beat the £10m minimum target that the charity had set itself. With the the funding provided by the industry enabling GambleAware to commission a coherent, co-ordinated and efficient system of prevention and treatment to keep people across England, Scotland and Wales safe from gambling harms.
Speaking about the donations received during the past year, Chief Executive Officer, Mark Etches, commented: “For the tenth year in a row, we have seen an increase in donations, which means for the first time, we have been able to meet our minimum target of £10 million.”
“Commissioning a coherent, co-ordinated and efficient system of prevention and treatment requires the strategic distribution of sufficient funding, guided by appropriate expertise underpinned by effective partnership working.”
“GambleAware is currently the primary commissioner using best-practice to ensure that evidence-informed services are developed according to need within a robust and accountable system, and that funding is allocated efficiently and independently as one would expect of other health and social care commissioning and grant-making bodies.”
“Our mission is to keep people safe from gambling harm and these donations are vital to making sure we are able to deliver on that mission. Gambling is a serious public health issue in Great Britain, with two million adults experiencing some level of gambling harm.”